According to Tamale Central lawmaker Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, all members of the Minority caucus must bear the blame for President Akufo-approval Addo’s of some ministerial nominees despite agreement to reject them.
Speaking on Accra FM’s Ghana Yensom, he said that some Minority MPs had stabbed the caucus in the back after initially agreeing to reject some nominees.
Instead of being hypocrites, he urged the caucus to bear responsibility.
“We had a caucus meeting – and I believe that hypocrisy should be avoided at times. Those who try to appear saintly should give us a break. We had a caucus meeting, and during that meeting, we made a decision.”
“We had a caucus meeting, and we made a decision in the caucus meeting. We went in there and some people did the most embarrassing thing and now they don’t want to take the blame”, he noted.
In his view, “All of us, including myself, we must be blamed,” adding: “My only view is that, we should not just assume that everybody voted for those people”.
Are You Aware Of The Ritual Killings In Ghana: You Have Made Ghana Hard – NDC Blast Akufo Addo In A Press Statement
The statement urged President Akufo-Addo to expedite investigations into unsolved crimes committed in the country since he assumed power.
Read the full statement below:
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS ON THE MURDER OF YOUNG ISHMAEL MENSAH ABDALLAH AT KASOA.
It is with extreme shock and disbelief that the National Democratic Congress received news of the gruesome murder of a ten-year-old boy called Ishmael Mensah Abdallah at Kasoa in the Central Region by his own teenaged acquaintances for ritual purposes.
The Leadership, as well as the entire rank and file of the NDC, join the family and friends and, indeed, the entire nation, in mourning the loss of this young and promising boy much beloved by his family and community.
It is the expectation of the National Democratic Congress that the appropriate authorities will ensure that the bereaved family are comforted by the swiftness of the application of the law to punish the perpetrators and all who may be behind this dastardly murder.
The NDC has taken due notice of the fact that there appears to be a fashionable craze toward the acquisition of quick wealth by many of our countrymen and women and the youth in particular, without the attendant hard, morally sound and lawful means of obtaining the same.
We deem this development as a dangerous trend that has to be condemned and discouraged by all and sundry.
It is a development that the NDC is unquestionably opposed to, or else we risk bequeathing to the youth, a practice and a lifestyle that cannot build this nation.
We further wish to draw the attention of the Akufo-Addo government to the plethora of crimes whose resolution has dragged on interminably, thus, encouraging the perpetuation of the culture of impunity.
We encourage the youth to look out for honest, hardworking, and accomplished persons as their role models.
The wealth that has been improperly obtained, should never be an attraction for the upcoming youth of this great nation.
In this regard, we call on the Akufo-Addo government to speed up investigations and crank the wheels of justice so that the country can rid itself of the odious reminder of this unfortunate event.
May the soul of young Ishmael Mensah Abdallah rest in peace.
ISSUED ON FRIDAY 9TH APRIL, 2021
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Fire In NPP Over Ethnically Charged Campaign For Akufo Addo Successor
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been caught in a tumultuous in-fighting along tribal lines as sections of the party, led by the NPP Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu is pushing for a Northerner to lead the party in the 2024 Presidential race.
Last week, Kyei Mensah-Bonsu in an interview with Joy News claim there was a sort of convention in the party that they cannot field an Akan for the third time to lead the party, after John Agyekum Kufour-an Ashanti and President Akufo Addo, an Akyem.
“…I think it may not hold well for a party that is accused by some as being overly Akanistic party [to field another Akan],” Mensah-Bonsu said in what clearly exposed his alignment with speculated plans by President Akufo Addo to select his own replacement by fielding his current deputy, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia.
But, former Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, who is reportedly lacing his boots to bid for the NPP presidential ticket, described Kyei Mensah Bonsu’s statement as nonsensical and “foolish” talk.
“…we are fooling. Why are we disturbing the party? For me, normally, I will not mention names, but I am disappointed with the Majority Leader. Are you [Majority Leader] the one to bring this noise to the party? Agyarko told pro-NPP Oman FM.
Meanwhile, an activist of the ruling party, I. K. Boahen, has pooh-poohed the cult playing psychological mind games to project Dr. Bawumia as the bonafide next in line to President Akufo Addo.
In the write-up Mr. Boahen challenges claims that the NPP gained a lot of votes in the 2020 elections from the Northern parts of Ghana because Bawumia is from the Region, pointing out that the analysis rather showed that the party’s fielding of well-resourced appointees did the trick.
“Most of the seats we won from the Northern sector and currently being occupied by NPP were contested by highly recognized government position holders; people who were at the presidency, were holding CEO positions, were deputy CEOs and or were holding highly influential government positions…So are we saying that but not Bawumia factor, these people didn’t use their positions in any way to help their constituents hence their win to become MP?” Boahene questioned.
“Please let’s think about the above well before we conclude that, Bawumia factor won NPP Northern votes. Let’s critically analyse, before we conclude, otherwise, some will also conclude that, the margin of the high vote in the Ashanti Region is not appreciated by the party, and this is dangerous!!!” he wrote.
Proponents of a Bawumia flagbearership in 2024 have advanced many reasons, including the claim that it would deodorize the NPP’s notorious image as an Akan party.
Others have claimed that so far the baton of the party’s leadership has been juggled around the backgrounds of two out of three founding philosophers of the NPP tradition – Busia and Danquah – and that it is now the turn of the third founding philosopher – Dombo.
As Dombo was a Northerner, Bawumia has been promoted as a representative of the lineage of Dombo. However, I.K. Asante pooh-poohs this. “DMB (Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia) is not a true descendant of Dombo is a fact, which is not debatable because that line and tag can’t be used as an arsenal if the real history is unraveled. Factually, it’s not a reality but just a tag.”
Doom Hangs Around Nana Akufo Addo -As Woman Invokes Death Curses On Him
Barely days after the controversial preacher, Nigel Gasie prophesied to the effect that Akufo-Addo will die before the end of his second term, a video has emerged of a woman cursing the President of Ghana to death at a voodoo shrine.
The woman who has since been identified as Attaa Magali is also captured in the video invoking Akufo-Addo’s name with incantations while stabbing him together with others at the shrine over his meddlesomeness in the Okuapeman chieftaincy disagreement.
“…It is me Attaa sister to Kwasi Akufo who is being denied the Okuapehene stool. I am the one putting this photo into the coffin. Anyone who is part of this grand scheme from the family must be killed and summoned to the wilderness to answer,” the woman is heard invoking in a part of the video.
The video which is believed to have been leaked from the shrine of Togbe Shitor, a fetish Priest who plies his Spiritism in Akyem Kukurantumi of the Eastern Region, captures Attaa Magali at a point stripping naked to curse Akufo-Addo and others.
One of the people who was cursed along with the President was the late Victor Newman, Director of Research at the Presidency. As Mr. Newman had died suddenly in December 2020, many are fearing that he probably was cut short by the curse of Ataa Magali.
Other names she mentioned as targets of her curse include one Sammy Mfum, Nana Ofei and the Akuapem Baamuhene.
The woman is brother to Kwasi Akuffo, a claimant to the Okuapeman stool.
It would be recalled that since 2017, there has been dispute over whose turn it is to ascend the stool which is also called the Ofori Kuma Stool.
The Akropong stool has three ruling houses – Nketia, Amogyaa, and Sakyibea. whose turn was in season to produce the next chief after the death of Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwah III, Okuapemhene who reigned for 41 years .
However, while Odehye Kwasi Akuffo was nominated by the Queen mother -Nana Afua Nketia Obuo for installation, the Abrewatia (sapient granny) of the Sakyeabea Royal family , Lillian Nana Agyemang, also nominated Odehye Kwadwo Kese for the same stool.
The Abrewatia subsequently petitioned the Regional House Chiefs challenging the traditional capacity of the Paramount Queen mother in nominating and installing Odehye Kwasi Akuffo to ascend the stool.
The Judicial Committee of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs on Thursday, April 30, 2020, nullified the nomination of Odehye Kwasi Akuffo.
In an April 30, 2020, judgment, the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs upheld that selection of a legible royal to be enstooled as Paramount Chief is the prerogative of the Abrewatia of the ruling family whose turn it is to select a candidate and submit the name of the chosen royal to Asonahene to be sent to the Queen mother.
The House upheld that the Queen-mother failed to provide evidence that the right traditional procedures were followed before initiating processes to install Odehye Kwasi Akuffo as Okuapemhene.
It stated that the Queen mother alone cannot select a candidate from the Royal Family without the involvement of the Abrewatia, adding that, the involvement of the Abrewatia and the elderly female is an aged-custom.
Odehye Kwadwo Kese was subsequently enstooled and outdoored on Sunday, May 3, 2020 with the stool name Oseadeeyo Kwasi Akuffo II.
Late last year, the faction against which the ruling was made had gone to court and as part of its case alleged that President Akufo-Addo had attempted to bribe him with money so that he would stand down his claim to the throne.
Allegedly, the bribe had been passed through former Chieftaincy Affairs Minister, Kofi Dzamesi. And allegedly, all of this was part of the Akufo-Addo Jubilee House’ machination to ensure that the rightful heir to the throne is not installed.
Reportedly, it is in response of the alleged devious injustice that Kwasi Akuffo’s sister went to Togbe Shitor’s shrine to curse Akufo-Addo and his alleged collaborators with death.
“Those who have tied our souls in the middle of the Akropong so that we don’t get the support of the subjects must be dealt with -Sammy Mfum, Nana Ofei, Baamuhene, Victor Newman, President Akufo Addo are all included. Nananom deal with them and also protect our family. Now, I bath this concoction to cancel any death on our family and send it back to them”, Attaa Magali chanted.
In another part of the video, the fetish priest is seen directing Attaa Magali to inform his brother, Odehye Kwasi Akuffo not to eat any food prepared with palm oil. He also instructs her to warn Odehye Kwesi Akufo not to get closer or sit on the stool because a god was going to sit on it for a while to work and therefore anyone who sat on the stool would die.
After undressing, a naked Attaa Magali is made to open the entrance to another shrine. She is then directed to bath in a liquid concoction in a locally weaved basket and chant for goodwill upon her brother Odehye Kwasi Akuffo but wish evil for his opponents including President Akufo Addo.
The videos come just days after Prophet Nigel Gaizie is seen in another video prophesying that Vice President Bawumia will replace Akufo-Addo before the end of the President’s second term.
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