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The Akuapem North constituency Youth Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie alias IGP has been suspended by the party for making unfounded allegations against President Akufo-Addo and National Chairman of the party during the polling station executives and electoral area coordinators election.

A letter issued and signed by the Eastern Regional Secretary of the NPP, Jeff Konadu stated that the decision to suspend the youth organizer was triggered by a petition dated March 23, 2022, from Mr. Carlos Jeffrey Abingale, a member of the party and a polling station Youth Organizer at Demonstration 1 polling station in Akuapem North Constituency invoking the jurisdiction of the regional steering committee about the conduct of the constituency youth organizer which contravenes Article 3 clause 5A the party’s constitution.

The petitioner added television news video evidence to support the unfounded allegations made by the youth organizer that, President Akufo-Addo and the National Chairman Freddy Blay are destroying the NPP.

The petitioner also stated that the constituency youth organizer threatened to blackmail the government on Facebook live with the E-Levy bill, and threatened to collapse the party in 2024 by projecting their own candidate and threatened the member of Parliament for the constituency Nana Ama Dokua not to show up in Parliament to support the E-Levy bill.

According to the suspension letter, the regional steering committee established a prima facie of gross misconduct against the Constituency youth organizer, therefore suspended him and referred the case to the Regional disciplinary committee for disciplinary enquiry.

The petitioner added television news video evidence to support the unfounded allegations made by the youth organizer that, President Akufo-Addo and the National Chairman Freddy Blay are destroying the NPP.

The petitioner also stated that the constituency youth organizer threatened to blackmail the government on Facebook live with the e-levy bill, and threatened to collapse the party in 2024 by projecting their own candidate and threatened the member of Parliament for the constituency Nana Ama Dokua not to show up in Parliament to support the E-Levy bill.

According to the suspension letter, the regional steering committee established a prima facie of gross misconduct against the constituency youth organizer, therefore suspended him and referred the case to the Regional disciplinary committee for disciplinary enquiry.

The suspended constituency youth organizer in response on Facebook said
“Thanks to the good people of NPP. The suspension was well received and acknowledged. My love for the elephant fraternity is unshaken. The position is not a possession. We continue to serve the NPP in every capacity I find myself.”

He later posted a photo of himself and Nana Boakye, the national youth organiser of the NPP with the caption, “Regards to my boss. If a constituency youth organiser can be suspended without hearing his side of the story. Over to us all. As for injustice and intimidation, my soul won’t even allow me to shut up. I shall be back. I want to find peace for my daddy first. For my love for NPP 24/7.”

Some aggrieved members of the ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP, in Akuapem North constituency in Eastern Region boycotted the polling station executives and electoral area coordinators election over National Security interference and widespread manipulation.

Addressing the media, the disgruntled members mostly supporters of the incumbent Member of Parliament, Nana Ama Asiamah Dokua, alleged that the election was fraught with widespread irregularities and machinations violating the spirit of a free and fair election.

The constituency youth organizer, Owusu Afriyie who led the aggrieved members of the party alleged that some members of the party who are not qualified to contest the election by virtue of the fact that they breached the party’s constitution by campaigning for an independent candidate in the previous election were strangely in the contest.

He also alleged that some candidates with fake nomination forms who were never vetted have been allowed to contest the election despite protest.

The constituency youth organizer also claimed that there has been the deployment of National Security operatives and military personnel to the constituency intimidating members of the party perceived to be close allies of the incumbent MP Nana Asiamah Dokua.

He accused President Akufo-Addo and the national chairman Freddy Blay of destroying the NPP Party. The disgruntled members on Friday run to the Koforidua High Court praying the court to injunct the election.

The Chief Executive Officer of National Lottery Authority (NLA) Sammy Awuku, a national organizer of the ruling NPP is said to have the intention to contest the parliamentary primaries in Akuapem North Constituency hence the friction with supporters of the MP.

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Even a Baby Won’t Trust Mahama; Methodist Bishop Was Right – Hon. Sylvester Tetteh | Politics

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Sylvester Tetteh, Member of Parliament(MP) for Bortianor-Ngleshie Amanfro, has taken a swipe at Ex-President John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress on the party members’ attacks on Methodist Bishop, Rt. Rev. Bosomtwe Ayensu.

The Methodist Bishop has incurred the wrath of the opposition after shooting a reply to the Ex-President John Mahama’s promise to repeal the E-Levy implemented by government.

Background 

Delivering a public lecture on the theme “Ghana at a Crossroads” on Monday, May 2, Mr. Mahama said “a new National Democratic Congress government, God willing and with the votes of the sovereign people of Ghana – in 2025 – will repeal the E-Levy Act”.

He argued that “even as this government remains fixated with taxing their way out of economic mismanagement, the Akufo-Addo government has been wasteful. They have failed to demonstrate prudence in public financial management. The people of Ghana cannot be called upon to pay more taxes only for the accruing money belonging to the people of Ghana, to be dubiously and wastefully shared among family and friends through various fraudulent procurement practices”.

But Rt. Rev. Ayensu dissented to the views of the former President saying “a leading opposition party says this government has been borrowing to fund projects. But it [the government] has been strategic this time to introduce this homegrown policy to build our nation. So if someone says he will repeal this law when he wins power then such a person will not even win power to abort it”.

“If the E-levy is a good policy why will you abolish it? Such people can’t even do it because history keeps guiding us. Such comments usually end up as a political talk and deceit,” he stated.

NDC Rebukes Methodist Bishop

The NDC has described the Bishop as “NPP propagandist” and a “vile” human being.

“He is a vile, unintelligent NPP propagandist parading in cassock…no rational man of God will do this…The NDC as a responsible opposition has every right to state our position if we feel certain policies of the government will unnecessarily burden Ghanaians and also provide alternative solution to that. If you think or feel otherwise, you can equally comment without attacking or making disparaging comments about the person of the former president HE John Dramani Mahama,” the National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, snapped.

Methodist Bishop Is Right

Addressing the issue on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo”, Hon. Sylvester Tetteh vehemently condemned the verbal attacks on the Bishop stating what he said is truth.

He wondered why the Bishop would attract an outrage because, to him, he was right in his comments.

Defending the Bishop, the MP noted that the former President’s track record proves he isn’t trustworthy.

He alluded to some promises Mr. Mahama made while in government but failed to accomplish them and concluded that “a baby even doesn’t believe him (Mahama)…credibility, he lacks it. So, the Methodist Bishop is right to say that indeed he won’t win power to repeal it”.

He advised Ghanaians against trusting Mr. Mahama stressing “you trust him at your own risk”.

Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

 

 

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U.S. Groups Urge Social Media Companies To Fight ‘Big Lie,’ Election Disinformation | Politics

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Social media companies including Facebook (FB.O), Twitter , YouTube and TikTok must act now to blunt the effect of false information – including Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that his 2020 defeat was the result of fraud – in this year’s U.S. midterm congressional elections, rights groups said on Thursday.

Social media platforms backed away from policies designed to fight election disinformation after the 2020 presidential race won by Democratic President Joe Biden, more than 100 advocacy groups, led by Common Cause, said in a letter to social media executives.

A surge of disinformation then led to the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Trump and that disinformation continues to multiply, they said, citing research and public reporting.

“High-profile disinformation spreaders and other bad actors are continuing to use social media platforms to disseminate messages that undermine trust in elections,” read a letter sent to chief executives and signed by more than 100 groups lead by Common Cause.

“Candidates are using the Big Lie as a platform plank to pre-emptively declare voter fraud in order to dispute the results of the 2022 election,” they wrote. “This is damaging American democracy by undermining faith in the integrity of our elections.”

The letter, also sent to the CEOs of Google (GOOGL.O), Instagram LLC and Snap Inc (SNAP.N), urged the companies to take steps, including prioritizing fact-checking and providing real-time access of data to external researchers and watchdogs.

Priority must be given to fighting the “Big Lie” that voter fraud cost Trump the White House in 2020, the letter said.

The groups also sought greater transparency on political advertisements, enforcement practices and algorithmic models.

Others that signed include voting rights and election integrity groups as well as the Center for American Progress, the League of Women Voters, Greenpeace, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Arab American Institute.

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Akwasi Osei Agyei And Frederick Opare Ansah Tipped To Be Next Face Of The NPP | Politics

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The race for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Executive positions is getting steamer and steamer as indicated by data and statistics surfacing.

In a recent survey titled; “Breaking the 8: An Analysis of NPP’s Intra Party Democracy, Politics and Possible Impact on Winning Ghana’s 2024 General Election”.

Akwasi Osei Agyei has been revealed fore runner in the NPP National Chairmanship Race.

Results from the research indicate a possible replacement of the current crop of leadership with new faces who can propel the party into electoral victory, starting with the National Chairman.

Thirty Seven percent (37%) of respondents settled on Akwasi Osei Agyei, naming him their preferred candidate to fill the shoes of the incumbent NPP chairman, Freddie Blay.

About 21% of respondents settled on Stephen Ayensu Ntim; 17% mentioned Prof. Christopher Ameyaw Ekumfi; 15% settled on Asamoah Boateng; 7% went for Ayikoi Otoo whiles about 3% of respondents mentioned they are yet to choose any of the candidates above after the data was analyzed.

May 10, 2022 Explaining their choice of Akwasi Osei Agyei as the next Chair of the party, respondents alluded to emerald of factors including accessibility of Akwasi Osei Agyei, and the fact that he has gone through the mill as a former Member of Parliament, former Foreign Affairs Minister amongst his numerous portfolios.

Respondents contend that Akwasi Osei Agyei is unaligned and would stand the best of positions to be a fair adjudicator of matters that are brought before the National Executives and unite the NPP if voted for. Some also argue that his maturity and background as a diplomat with international clout will help build the party’s image.

As a founding member of the party, respondents believe he has the good of the party at heart and will go the extra – mile to engender respect and cooperation from party grassroots and executives at the national, regional, constituency and polling station levels. The full report details the reasons why respondents settled on the other respective contenders.

For the position of General Secretary, respondents demanded John Boadu be replaced by Frederick Opare Ansah.
Persons who have declared their intent, either officially or unofficially, to contest for the position include John Boadu, who is the substantive General Secretary of the party; Musah Superior – former Mayor for Tamale and currently a deputy CEO of the Forestry Commission, Justin Kodua – CEO of Youth Employment Agency, and Frederick Opare Ansah – a former MP for Suhum Constituency in the Eastern Region.

Most respondents shared that the current General Secretary of the party is not accessible and has a tainted reputation because of allegations of being involved in illegal small scale mining which is dealing a huge blow to the fortunes of the party.

May 10, 2022 Some of the respondents aver the incumbent general secretary will not be able to deliver victory for the party in the 2024 elections given his 2020 electoral record of “hanging parliament “ among others.

Frederick Opare Ansah, respondents suggest, has an advantage by virtue of being a former Member of Parliament. Respondents believe that he can leverage on his expertise and experience to better project the party in a good light. His maturity was also a factor for their selection of him.

38% shared that it is time for the new face of Opare Ansah to take the mantle of party General Secretary whilst 29% of respondents settled for Justin Frimpong Kodua.

John Boadu came in third with about 17% of respondent saying he will be a candidate of their choice; close by was Musah Superior with about 10% of respondents saying he will be a candidate of their choice. About 6% of respondents indicated they were still thinking about voting for any of the prospective candidates listed.

For the National Organizer position, however, respondents were starkly split between Nana Boakye, popularly known as Nana B, who is already a national officer serving as a National Youth Organizer of the party, Nii Kwartei Titus Glover, a former Member of Parliament for Tema East Constituency in the Greater Accra Region. About 41% of respondents believe that Nana Boakye has the qualities to be the National Organizer of the party and could help deliver the much needed victory for the party given his background as a Youth Organizer. They contend his responsibilities, if voted for as the National Organizer, will not be dissimilar to the ones he currently executes. They say he is a trusted pair of hands.

Contrary to this opinion, about 40% of respondents also believe, Nii Kwartei Titus Glover, will bring a fresh feel to organizing members and nonmembers alike to deliver victory for the party leveraging on his maturity and experience as a former MP.

Meanwhile, 15% of respondents, consider Owusu Fordjour, a former regional youth organizer of the party, as s viable candidate who can equally perform creditably well.

About 4% of respondents are yet to decide on who should lead the party as national organizer.

These findings are indicative but are not predictive of likely changes in the leadership front of the party in the upcoming national elections.

The New Patriotic Party is keen on breaking the jinx of the two term governance system. Although the mantra of breaking the eight has gained notoriety, some members of the party still think winning the 2024 elections will come not just sloganeering but rather an intricate mix of leveraging on the achievements of the current government, giving new faces the opportunity to serve with their expertise and above all ensuring there is unity, which clearly will be the main duty or responsibility of elected national executives.

Some members of the party contend the current crop of leadership has outlived its purpose and thus must be replaced with new ones that can propel the party into electoral victory. From this preliminary study, it could be deduced that supporters want a unifier who can build the party from ground up. Per the analysis of this study, members are clamoring for a leader who is a unifier and unaligned to the high powers within the party to lead the party into the 2024 elections.

The consolidation of intra-party democracy is key to sustaining the momentum of political parties in holding on to power and/or wrestling power from political opponents. It also holds true that political party leadership plays an integral role in sustaining internal democratic structures and extending them to interparty democracy and governance.

In due course, research findings of the other Executive positions will be released. Berkeley Kwadwo Obotuo (Lead Researcher) Richmond Owusu Danquah (Assistant Researcher) Joel Acheampong (Analyst)

 

 

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