Ministry of Youth and Sports is struggling to trace the source of funding for the construction of a stadium at New Edubiase in the Ashanti Region.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has challenged the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to point out a single social intervention programme it implemented during its eight-year tenure which brought relief to Ghanaians.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) used lies and sweet promises to hoodwink the electorate into voting for them in the 2016 elections, and now faltering to manage the country since the party’s own lies are coming full circle, former President John Mahama has told delegates of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Brong Ahafo Region as part of his five-day tour there.
A flagbearer aspirant of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Augustus Goosie Tanoh, has rounded up his campaign tour of the Volta Region dubbed: “Rising Together Tour” to canvass for votes in a bid to lead the NDC into the 2020 presidential elections.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings appears to mock at some of the aspirants in the upcoming flag bearer race of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mr Rawlings thinks that some of the aspirants, including those who are nursing ambitions as running mates, are not persons who should be entertained at the Presidency, since they have nothing to offer.
To him, those people “spend a little too much time grooming their moustache and dyeing their hair”.
In a tweet last Monday, Mr Rawlings questioned whether the Presidency was not too busy for such individuals.
He quipped, “Isn't the Presidency too busy a place for hopefuls/running mates who spend a little too much time grooming their moustache and dyeing their hair?”
While Mr Rawlings mentioned no names, his Monday tweet points to the fact that the former President thinks that some of the flag bearer aspirants cum potential running mates should spare the Presidency of their desires.
A number of aspirants have declared interest in the vacant flagbearer position of the main opposition political party ahead of Election 2020.
They include former President John Dramani Mahama, Professor Joshua Alabi, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Sylvester Mensah, Alban Bagbin, Goosie Tanoh, Kojo Bonsu, Elikplim Lorlormavor Agbemava, Nurudeen Iddrisu, Kweku Ricketts Hagan, Stephen Atubiga, and David Kuwadah.
None of the aspirants have named a running mate yet but there is talk of some of the contestants joining the main race to secure bargaining rights to be considered for the running mate slot.
Ahwoi and Mahama
A former Minister of Agriculture and Ghana’s Ambassador to South Africa, Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, has been named as a possible running mate to Mr Mahama.
Mr Ahwoi himself has not publicly declared interest in either the Presidency or the running mate position but there are strong indications he has been penciled for the running mate position with Mr Mahama.
But Mr Rawlings has also tied in the possibility of running mates being the target of his tweet.
The NDC has planned to go to congress in December 2018 to elect a flag bearer and that is expected to happen after the November 17, 2018 congress which will elect new national officers.
But before that, the party has given flagbearer hopefuls the opportunity to declare their interests in writing and go ahead to meet delegates to campaign.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has described the 2020 general elections as a final match between him and familiar political rival, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Referring to the 2012 polls as “a title fight” and the 2016 elections as “a rematch”, Mahama called the 2020 polls “a decider” and predicted the tiebreaker would return him to the helm of government.
Mahama won in 2012 as a first-timer on the ticket of then governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), securing a 5,574,761 votes that represented 50.7%. Akufo-Addo, Ghana’s main opposition leader at the time and presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), got 5,248,898, representing 47.7%.
In 2016, Mahama fell deep from the coveted seat of power with an incredible 4,713,277 votes (44.4%) to Akufo-Addo who polled a widely unanticipated 5,716,026, representing a record 53.9% since the Kufuor era.
“They say, ‘Why are you bringing your former president? NDC, don’t you have people?’ And we say you, too, didn’t you have people? In 2008, you brought somebody. Professor Mills defeated him. You should have brought a fresh face".
“You brought him again in 2012. John Mahama defeated him. You should also have brought a fresh face. And you brought him again in 2016 and it’s only at that time he won. So, fine. He was defeated several times; you still brought him. And this is what you call a title fight,” Mahama told NDC delegates and supporters in the Bolgatanga Central Constituency during his just-ended tour of the Upper East region.
He continued: “So, two boxers fight and one wins. Then, the one who loses asks for a rematch. So, the second fight is called a rematch. And so, they fight the second one and the other boxer, who lost the first time, won. So, he asks for another match. That match is called the decider. So, 2020 is going to be the decider.”
The packed hall of the Sacred Heart Catholic Social Centre went so frenzy at the conclusion of the scenario that the former President had to pause his address, knowing if he did not do so the deafening noise from the high-spirited crowd would drown out his voice.
“We can win this if we work hard and we are united,” he added when he resumed. “And when I see your faces, those who are branch executives, our constituency executives, our regional executives, then, I have confidence in my heart that in 2020 we shall defeat the NPP. And I beg you, take the ballot box as your own. Guard it jealously,” he stressed as the massively NDC-branded venue shook with ovation.
Mahama also slammed the Akufo-Addo Government, saying the NPP was loud with a lot of “sweet promises” before the 2016 general elections but had been shifty in fulfilling them after sealing power.
“We all saw in 2016 one of the major reasons we lost the election was that our opponents were reckless in terms of their promises. Anybody goes and speaks and wakes up and says we can build one factory in every district and goes and tells Nana Akufo-Addo, ‘One district; one factory’. Then, the next day he climbs the platform: ‘One district, one factory.’ Then, another person goes and tells Akufo-Addo, ‘One dam, one village.’ The next time on the platform: One village, one dam’.
“Not only that. Go and sleep again, wake up. He says you know, we can give every constituency one million dollars every year. The next day, political platform: ‘One million dollars, one constituency.’ Not only that. ‘One million dollars, one constituency, every year’. Per year o. The MTN boy— ‘Na sika no wohen?’ They say the money has expired. They called the minister to Parliament. They asked him, ‘Where is the one million dollars?’ And, then he says, ‘Oh, 2017 has passed. So, that one is expired.’ Until NPP came, I never knew that money had expiry date. 2018, too, will expire,” he said as the teeming supporters laughed derisively at the NPP and cheered him on.
He added: “There is a saying and I’m sure some of you would have heard it. They said if there is a political power, and you have to sell your mother, sell you mother to gain the political power and when you get the power, go and buy her back. And I say we in NDC are principled. We will never sell our mother for political power. We will always serve and say the truth. We would say what we can do for them. And when we promise, we will deliver.”
At Talensi, where he began the tour, Mahama also jabbed Akufo-Addo, describing the new district assemblies the NPP government created in 2017 as “assemblies under trees” because there were no ready office blocks for them.
“They made many absurd promises to Ghanaians and they are finding it difficult to fulfill them today. There is a saying that it is when a frog dies you see its full length. Akufo-Addo’s frog is dying and we are beginning to see its full length,” he concluded.