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Naana Opoku-Agyemang Is Mahama’s Achilles Heel; He’ll Have ‘Difficulties’ Winning With Her – Ephson | Politics

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Until former President John Mahama replaces Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate, victory would elude him in the 2024 election, the Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch newspaper, Mr Ben Ephson, has said.

Speaking on the latest Economist Intelligence Unit’s projection of victory for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the next elections, Mr Mahama told Accra-based Joy FM: “If today, if April, the NDC held a flagbearership contest, I think Mahama will win”.

“In a year’s time, I am not sure,” Mr Ephson noted.

The pollster then warned, “Clearly, if Mahama wins the NDC flagbearership slot and he is not going to change his running mate, he is going to have difficulties in 2024.”

This is not the first time there has been a call for Prof Opoku-Agyemang to be changed as Mahama’s running mate.

In March 2021, a former MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, who is a member of the NDC, said Mr Mahama should stand for the 2024 polls but must opt for a Ga indigene as running mate instead of repeating Prof Opoku-Agyemang.

Mr Mubarak told Nana Aba Anamoah on Accra-based Starr FM on Wednesday, 24 March 2021: “I think Mahama should go in 2024 and I think we should have early party organisation”.

“So, Mahama should go for 2024 but I think we could do with a change in running mate”, he suggested; and proposed: “A Ga running mate would be great”.

In its report, the EIU projected that the NDC will win the 2024 polls but says it expects the biggest opposition party to revitalise its prospects with a fresh face on the ballot box rather than former President John Mahama.

“The next parliamentary and presidential elections are due in 2024. Under constitutionally mandated term limits, the incumbent president, Mr Akufo-Addo, cannot run for a third term”.

“The former president, John Mahama, is reportedly considering running again, but we expect the opposition NDC to try to revitalise its prospects with a fresh candidate,” the report said.

The report noted: “Our baseline forecast is that ongoing public dissatisfaction with the slow pace of improvements in governance—such as infrastructure development, job creation and easing of corruption—will trigger anti-incumbency factors and push the electorate to seek a change”.

“The NDC, therefore, stands a reasonable chance of winning the 2024 elections”.

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Archibald Cobbinah Picks Nomination Forms To Contest NPP Greater Accra Regional Elections | Politics

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Archibald Cobbina, a Greater Accra Regional Chairman hopeful of the New Patriotic Party, has picked his nomination forms to contest the incumbent, Mr. Devine Agboho.

Accompanied by scores of excited supporters clad in party paraphernalia embossed with his image, Mr. Archibald Cobinnah arrived at the NPP Regional Office at Dzowulu in Accra, picked his nomination forms and later addressed the supporters.

He pledged to build an election winning machinery in Greater Accra which will aid the party to win back the lost constituency seat in the 2024 elections.

He called on delegates to vote massively for him as he had undoubtedly become a unifying force in the party.

“My track record is there for all to see…I am selfless, hard working, dedicated and all these qualities are needed right now for the overall success of the party”, he said.

To him, his vision for the party is to bring unity between the rank and file of the NPP in the region.

He also promised to promote and maintain healthy working relationships at all levels of authorities within the party to help members give out their best for the party. 

Having worked closely with the rank and file of the party for a very long time, he believes he is the right and competent person for the job.

Mr. Cobbinah promised to work effortlessly to empower the grassroots when given the mandate.

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Your ‘Propaganda Masturbation’ Demystified – Baako Mocks Achimota Forest Rumormongers | Politics

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Seasoned journalist, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has responded to speculations that the Achimota Forest has been sold.

The rumored sale of the forest reserve sparked agitations on social media with people blasting the government.

The public outcry was premised on an Executive Instrument (E.I) that circulated online reading that the land ceases to be a forest reserve.

“An Executive Instrument (E.I.) 144 gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Lands Minister Samuel Abdulai Jinapor indicates that effective May 1, 2022, the land on which the Forest is located shall cease to be a forest reserve.”

“The President’s action was in accordance with Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927 (CAP. 157) which gives him the authority to declare that particular land is no longer required as a forest reserve,” portions of the E.I stated.

Addressing the issue during Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo” show Wednesday morning, Kweku Baako described the speculations as a “propaganda masturbation”.

He noted that the E.I that surfaced on social media was done for mischief purposes explaining that those who leaked it only showed the front page and strategically ignored the inside pages that would make the public know the truth.

He also wondered why the rumormongers didn’t also showcase E.I 154 which proves the forest is not sold.

“With E.I 144, it was very simple. If it’s not for mischief purposes, there is no way you will be alarmed…The worst part is the exclusion of the E.I I54 from the narrative. That too was deliberate because when you peruse the 154, you will find out that [oh, hold on here] Achimota Forest as it is clearly is being preserved and protected”, he told host Kwami Sefa Kayi.

Assessing the speculations, he concluded that “those are distortions, misrepresentations” and lauded the Lands and Natural Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor for setting the record straight in a statement where he emphasized that “Government has and will never sell Achimota Forest” and assured the general public that “no development can take place without the express approval of the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, taking into consideration the ecological integrity of the Forest”.

“So, this matter is demystified. The propaganda masturbation was curtailed and curtailed quickly”, Kweku Baako accentuated.

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Kwabena Agyepong Appeals To NPP To Pay His Wages, SSNIT Contributions (VIDEO] | Politics

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Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Agyepong has revealed he is yet to receive salary for his service.

According to him, the work of the General Secretary is the only full-time executive position in the party and the person is entitled to monthly salary.

The NPP, he stated also pays the SSNIT contributions of the General Secretary but his case was different.

“There was only GHS89 in the party’s account when I assumed office as the General Secretary. For the first month, I used my money to pay the workers at the party headquarters and our Treasurer, Abankwah Yeboah can bear witness” he said on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme.

Mr. Agyepong said all attempts to get the party to pay the money due him has proven futile.

“I have written several times to Chairman Blay and reminded him his tenure is about to end so he should do something because I don’t want it to get into another administration but he hasn’t responded” he bemoaned.

The former NPP General Secretary said he is ready to forgo the salary but not the SSNIT contributions.
 
“If they think I’m not due anything, they should pay my SSNIT contributions because all other General Secretaries have benefitted. Sir John until his death was even staying in an official apartment,” he stated.

The reason he is speaking now, Mr. Agyepong said is to let people know the unfair treatment he has been subjected to over the years despite his selfless service to the NPP.

Kwabena Agyepong was reinstated in 2021 following his suspension in 2015 after he petitioned the NPP’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
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