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President John Dramani Mahama will Tuesday evening present to a cross section of Ghanaians, the...

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  Comments made by speakers at the governing National Democratic Congress’ campaign launch over the weekend in Cape Coast were facts and not jabs, presidential staffer James Agyenim-Boateng has said.
 According to him, there was nothing wrong with any of the comments about the NPP because to him, the speakers spoke the truth and nothing else.
 Speaking in an interview with Emefa Apawu on Class FM’s 505 news programme on Monday, August 15, Mr. Agyenim-Boateng said he did not agree with people who referred to the utterances as “jabs”.
“I do not know what you call jabs. Is it a fact that we have an opposition political party that is not unified; that we have an opposition political party that is torn apart and fighting among themselves; that members of the executive are either suspended or they are in court? These are all matters of fact,” he explained.
 Speaking at the event on Sunday, 14 August, President John Dramani Mahama described the NPP as an “intolerant organisation” with members who are Olympic gold medallists in insults.
 He said: “Developments in the largest opposition party threaten the democratic health of our country. It is said that the nature of an organisation is founded on its leadership. The largest opposition party has prided itself as the apostle of democracy and this has metamorphosed in recent times into a very intolerant organisation.”
 “Those who can hurl the most verbal abuses are the most respected and hailed in that party. They are patted on the back by the leadership for doing a good job.
“The soul of the party has been captured by the hawkish and intolerant fringe and this group has cowed the moderates and other level-headed members of the party into silence. Anyone who raises his or her voice against the current leadership of the party is promptly set upon in the media and on other platforms. And even the former president, on whose record the party is running, has not been spared his share of these insults.
“The verbal abuse has led to a culture of silence in the party and even though the emperor is wearing no clothes, everybody is afraid to tell him so. The party has become intolerant of dissenting opinion and those who have spoken out have been promptly dealt with, removed from office, and threatened with physical harm,” he underscored.
 Sports Minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye, in his speech, indicated that the presidency was not about being short or being bespectacled.
 Without specifically mentioning names, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Odododiodio stated: “Being a president is not about being tall. It is not about how short a person is. Being a president is not about the spectacles that one wears but the love for one’s country and its people and finding solutions that will benefit citizens.”
The description, however, fits opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, who is the only presidential nominee in the race that is short and bespectacled.
 For his part, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, suggested that Nana Akufo-Addo lacked information, otherwise he would have known that the policies he was promising during his campaign had already been implemented by President John Mahama.
 According to him, he had heard Mr. Akufo-Addo recently talking about introducing a Fiscal Responsibility Act, but what he promised “has been done by John Dramani Mahama”.
“The Minister of Finance has already completed the first ever Public Financial Management Act for Ghana to ensure discipline. Let Nana Akufo-Addo be reminded that he needs to do some more reading,” he added.
 But Mr. Agyenim-Boateng disagreed with critics insisting that the statements were jabs. He believed the speakers gave a good account of the achievements chalked by the party so far in office based on which the electorate should vote to retain the NDC in office on December 7.
“If for anything at all, the speakers stated the promises that the NDC made and how these promises have been fulfilled. It is also a statement of fact,” he stressed.

 

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Despite the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) voting against the proposed change in date for this year’s elections, the governing National Democratic Congress will still win the polls which will be held on the usual 7 December date, President John Mahama has said.

 Speaking to party supporters in the Western Region, where he is currently campaigning, Mr Mahama said the NDC will clinch victory whether the elections had been held earlier on 7 November as proposed by the Electoral Commission or later on 7 December.

 Parliament rejected the proposed date change a couple of months ago. MPs who voted in favour of the date change did not reach the two-thirds majority needed for the bill to have sailed through.

 Mr Mahama is not the first to have said the NDC will win the general elections irrespective of which date the polls are run. During the party’s campaign launch in Cape Coast on Sunday, 14 August, General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketiah said were the polls to be held in November rather than the usual December 7 date, the NDC would still have won because “we are November-December champions.”

The NDC is going into the polls with President Mahama as its flag bearer. The party is aiming to win a second term in office with Mr Mahama as leader. Mr Mahama’s main opponent in the race is Nana Akufo-Addo, flag bearer of the main opposition New Patriotic Party.

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Although a lot of road networks in the Western Region have been given a facelift by the Mahama government, not all of them have been constructed, a Deputy Communications Director of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Fred Agbenyo, has said.

 His comments follow differing views by President John Dramani Mahama and opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag bearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over the conditions of roads in the region.
While touring the region last week, Mr Akufo-Addo interacted with chiefs and opinion leaders who complained about the poor condition of the roads in the region, where people are engaged in cocoa farming on a grand scale. Following the complaints, he assured the residents that if elected as president in the December polls, it would be part of his priorities to give the roads a major facelift. He also criticised the president for failing to construct roads in the region.
But Mr Mahama, who is currently in the region campaigning, said on Tuesday August 16: “During my campaign in 2012, I realised that most of the roads here are very bad. I made the promise to invest heavily in roads here if I am elected president. I have kept my promise. Under the cocoa roads programme, most of the projects are in the Western Region. The majority of roads in this region are many, I cannot name them. I heard someone (Nana Akufo Addo]) came here and said he had not seen these roads. I am sure he was sleeping at the time.”
But speaking on Political Capital hosted by Paa Kwesi Parker-Wilson on Accra100.5FM on Wednesday, 17 August, Mr Fred Abgenyo said: “The truth of the issue is that we cannot say that all the roads in the Western Region have been constructed but a very God-fearing person in the Western Region knows that since the NDC came to power, several steps have been taken by the government to improve on the roads.”

 “Takoradi town roads have been improved, the Elubo road is a first-class road, Tarkwa roads have been asphalted through to Ayanfuri. We haven’t said anywhere that we have constructed all the roads in the Western Region. The people there know that no government can construct all the roads at a go.”

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC), has told Citi News it will have auxiliary Regional Campaign Teams aside the National Campaign team.

According to the Communications Director of the party, Solomon Nkansah, these teams will complement the efforts of the party’s National Campaign team and also focus on executing what he calls the regional campaign agenda.

Speaking to Citi News’ Kojo Agyeman in Cape Coast where the party is expected to launch its campaign ahead of the December polls, Solomon Nkansah said they will also use the opportunity to also explain to Ghanaians why President John Dramani Mahama must be retained for the next four years.