Some petitioners who want Electoral Commission (EC) Chair Jean Adukwei Mensa removed from office, have said they will begin to picket indefinitely at the Presidency, EC headquarters and Supreme Court from Wednesday, 24 February 2021.
This was contained in a notice to the Greater Accra Regional Police Command on Wednesday, 17 February 2021.
According to the petitioners, the planned picketing is to draw the attention of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to act on “our Article 146 petition demanding for the removal of Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa from office as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission.”
The notice continued: “The President, upon receipt of an Article 146 petition, is expected to act as a conveyor belt by immediately referring same to the Chief Justice for further action.
“The President has failed to do this since receiving our petition on January 21, 2021.”
“Picketing shall be for three days each week from Wednesday to Friday beginning February 24, 2021, till our Article 146 is acted on,” the notice to the Regional Police Command stated.
It further stated that aware of “the COVID-19 safety protocols, there shall be a maximum of 25 peaceful citizens picketing each location.”
A private citizen, Mr Elikem Kotoko, on Thursday, 21 January 2021, petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the removal of the EC boss from office.
According to the private citizen, the petition is grounded on “stated misbehaviour of the Electoral Commission Chairperson.”
The Petition said: “The current leadership under the Chairmanship of Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, knowingly created Constitutional crises by their actions and inactions in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential elections, as they ignored caution and advice from various stakeholders of the adverse outcomes and implications of their actions and acts of omission.”
It noted that the EC chair in a letter dated 4 June 2020 copied to the President, the Council of State was given an opportunity “in the hope of averting this article 146 action for her removal from office,” but she refused to respond “making this instant petition inevitable.
“By this instant Petition and in accordance with Article 146, the President is obligated to forward for the immediate attention of the Chief Justice for the sole purpose of setting up the appropriate Committee thoroughly investigate allegations made in the Petition by named persons and organisations, to establish a case against the Electoral Commission Chairperson ultimately leading to the removal of Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa from office as per the Petition.”
The private citizen noted: “The petition is grounded on stated misbehaviour of the Electoral Commission Chairperson not limited to gross incompetence, bias, procurement breaches and poor corporate governance practices.”
The petition also listed some instances resulting from the incompetence of the Mensa-led EC, bias and poor corporate governance posture such as “adversarial posture and bias alleged.”
It emphasised that there “has been a breakdown of consensus building with stakeholders by the Jean Mensa-led EC and the consequent marginalisation of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).”
It further continued that the Mensa-led EC “created a parallel advisory body, the Eminent Advisory Committee which is largely defunct and has proven irrelevant to the challenges that arose in the course of the work of the Commission leading up to the crises.”
What Is Your Problem ? – NDC MP Runs After Sammy Gyamfi For Answers
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Yapei- Kusawgu constituency of the Savannah Region, Hon John Abdulai Jinapor has said that money cannot influence some of them but they were helpless because there is too much-vested interest within the National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucus in parliament.
John Jinapor who was a Deputy Minister of Energy under former President John Dramani Mahama’s government made these comments after an unending confusion in the NDC over the approval of Ministers-designate who the party leadership felt did not merit to be approved after their vetting.
Many members of the NDC are not happy and have publicly lambasted their MP’s and as well accused them of taking bribes before approving the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Ministers.
The issue became more serious after the Communications Director for the NDC Sammy Gyamfi in a viral post on Facebook blamed the Speaker Alban Sumana Bagbin, Mohammed Muntaka and Haruna Iddrisu indicating that they superintended the approval for their parochial interest.
But Hon John Abdulai Jinapor came out with his version of what transpired and wrote; “Money can never influence some us but we were helpless. Every nominee you suggested for target, someone from within us was ready to canvass why he or she should be passed”.
He further disclosed; “The problem is that there is too much vested interest in Parliament. Almost every NDC MP had a particular candidate who he/she thought should be shielded”.
He added; “Almost every nominee had a certain support base from within the NDC caucus; Tribal, friendship, business, regional, religious alliances etc”.
The Yapei- Kusswgu MP said; “At point, we were fighting amongst ourselves as to who should be included in the ‘rejection’ list”. The Minority leader then suggested we reject every nominee since we did not even recognise the legitimacy of Akufo-Addo but that was equally resisted”.
As I Was On My Knees Praying God Asked Me To Tell Mahama This- Prophet Salifu Amoako Reveals A Hidden Secrete
Bishop Elisha Salifu Amoako, the founder and leader of Alive Chapel International, has stated that former President John Dramani Mahama’s decision to go to court after the 2020 elections was borne-out of false hope provided by some people around him.
“I believe that some people and some lawyers in the NDC did not give Mahama good advice,” he told the media after the Supreme Court ruling on Thursday, March 4, 2021. They pushed Mahama to go to court, assuring him that he would win the case; they gave him hope that the case would be in his favor.”
“Mahama and his legal team were not thorough in their research. I was asking Mahama to accept defeat prophetically, and if he had, the case would not have progressed to this stage, wasting money and time in court,” he added.
He, on the other hand, praised the NDC Flagbearer for going to court rather than creating a ruckus among his supporters over the election outcome.
“As a result, we must applaud President Mahama and the NDC for going to court rather than using machetes to press their demands,” he said. The NDC should be commended for how they managed the 2020 election because they could have wreaked havoc on the nation.
“We cannot claim that Mahama and the NDC made a mistake by going to court to raise their concerns about the 2020 election; it is their legitimate right to do so because the same court has the authority and power to decide the matter.”
I Have Sacrificed Enough For The Party- Angry Sammy Gyamfi Speaks
The opposition National Democratic Congress’s National Director of Communications, Sammy Gyamfi, has described his recent scathing criticism of his party’s caucus in Parliament and the Speaker.
Sammy Gyamfi described Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak, and NDC-backed Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin as having betrayed the party for their own selfish interests in a Facebook post last week.
His criticism came in the wake of President Akufo-controversial Addo’s approval of some of his ministerial nominees.
“I fully understand that as a member and leader of the party, you should not address every topic openly. However, those topics, in my view, I shared because of their far-reaching implications for the group, its future, and its base. It might be necessary at times for someone to make a sacrifice. In my humble opinion, I may be wrong because no one wants to step on anyone’s toes or turn a friend into an enemy, but there are times when someone must sacrifice for the greater good,” he said.
“You could see that we were in a position of need, and our goals and everything were dependent on our MPs,” he continued. So we were at a crossroads, on the verge of collapse, and needed something to re-energize us for the four-year reorganization process ahead of us. So, when all our leadership did behind closed doors that I can’t reveal was brazenly and blatantly set aside as a consensus was reached, and you consider the effect on the group, I felt that someone needed to be called out at some point.”
He mentioned that he has no personal grudges against any member of the NDC leadership in Parliament, but that he will continue to support his acts as a well-thought-out act aimed at the NDC’s greater good.
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