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I Was Bribed To Step Down For Chairman Wontumi In 2018 – NPP Regional Chairman Aspirant

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I Was Bribed To Step Down For Chairman Wontumi In 2018 – NPP Regional Chairman Aspirant

Former Asokwa Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and an aspirant for the Ashanti Regional Chairmanship position Robert Asare-Bediako has boldly admitted taking money from party leaders to declare support for Wontumi in 2018 polls.

In an interview with the media in Kumasi, he said: “I was called by party leaders to step down for Wontumi at the time. They promised to pay all I’ve spent so accepted. I left for the USA to move on with my life after elections. Later I was invited by the party hierarchy, and they paid an amount as compensation. So yes if you ask me…I was paid, in fact all the debt incurred was paid in full. If for nothing at all I campaigned on the ticket of the party and that alone is a plus for them….”

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According to Asare-Bediako, his decision to bow out of the race then was reached upon circumstances beyond his control so there was nothing he could do than to step aside for incumbent regional chairman, Bernard Antwi Bosiako, popularly know as Chairman Wontumi, to go solo.

NPP mounting pressure on contestants to step down?

It must be recalled that earlier this year, there was growing disquiet within the ranks and file of the ruling NPP in the Ashanti Region.

It followed what some described as “pressure from some party elders at the national level” on some contestants to step down in the just ended constituency and forthcoming regional chairmanship polls.

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The contradictions

Robert Asare-Bediako on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 issued and signed a letter explaining his exit from the chairmanship race.

Portions of the letter read: “The “panin pa wo fie” campaign has the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at heart. But, upon sober reflection and introspection, and circumstances beyond my control, I, Robert Asare Bediako, gracefully suspend my campaign”.

Then on April 12, 2018, barely 3 days to the polls, he denied, on Accra-based Peace FM any machinations by party big guns in his decision to withdraw from the regional chairmanship race.

He claimed that he was not paid to step down as was earlier reported in the media, adding that the move was in the spirit of unity ahead of the 2020 elections.

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However, many people after Asare Bediako’s interview and subsequent contradiction have argued that based on his confessions, he could step down again for Wontumi should he decide to pay him, and effectively end his ambition to be the Ashanti Regional chairman of the NPP.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Kejetia Market Built By Mahama Is Needless, It’s Causing Traffic In Kumasi – Wontumi Alleges

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Kejetia Market Built By Mahama Is Needless, It’s Causing Traffic In Kumasi – Wontumi Alleges

Since they all turned to the IMF during their terms as president, Ghana’s decision to approach it has sparked a lot of debate regarding who is the best between Mahama and Nana Addo. There have been many things established, and there will be more.

The chairman of Ashanti Regional has been making headlines on the internet with his straightforward and pro-NPP utterances against the NDC, one of which was made at the NPP’s delegate conference last year and drew a lot of attention.

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Under Nana Addo’s leadership, he said, Ghana is superior to the United Kingdom, United States of America, and other European nations. He recently made another statement, which I will provide to you in this piece.

President Mahama, according to Chairman Wontumi. He said, “John Mahama’s New Kejetia Market is unnecessary; it is clogging up Kumasi.” Because of his reputation for making things like these, many were alarmed and reacted right afterwards.

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The Ashanti Region’s natives have access to a tranquil trading atmosphere at John Mahama’s Market in Kumasi, which has received international recognition as one of West Africa’s greatest markets.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Victory For NDC In 2024 Has  Begun As Over One Thousand Party Members Defect to NDC; Sworn-In By Asiedu Nketia -Photos

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Victory For NDC In 2024 Has  Begun As Over One Thousand Party Members Defect to NDC; Sworn-In By Asiedu Nketia -Photos

Over one thousand members of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) have defected to the largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Wa, Upper West Region.

The defectors were led by the Regional Chairman of the PPP, Adams Osman said they are not happy with the happenings in the PPP and hence joined the NDC which they see as attractive and will better serve their political aspirations.

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The swearing-in programme held on Sunday had all constituency and regional executives present at the ceremony.

The defectors were sworn in by the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia who encouraged other regions to emulate the PPP in the Upper West by joining the NDC.

The PPP was led by Brigitte Dzogbenuku as their presidential candidate back in the 2020 presidential elections.

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The party garnered 6,849 representing 0.05% of votes cast.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Fresh Scandal Uncovered: Over $31M COVID-19 Theft At Ministry Of Communications Finally Exposed?; Details Dropped

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Fresh Scandal Uncovered: Over $31M COVID-19 Theft At Ministry Of Communications Finally Exposed?; Details Dropped

The compilation of unassailable documents we are reviewing quite painstakingly confirm that for the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years, the Ghanaian taxpayer was saddled with a colossal US$36,061,637.62.

A breakdown of US$31,596,512.12 in 2020 and US$4,465,125.50 in 2021.

The total sum works out to an impressive GHS290million at current exchange.

The Finance Minister opened up to numerous expenditure items far lower than half of this (an example is the infamous serving of packed food which he claimed cost us GHS54million)

Unauthorized Use of Single Source Procurement Method.

In a 27th January, 2021 letter from the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) signed by the then Acting Chief Executive, Mr. Frank Mante — the PPA described the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation’s 2020 conduct as an ‘unauthorized use of the single source procurement method.’

Ghana’s Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) as Amended with (Act 914) makes adequate provision for how single-source procurement should be carried out in periods of emergency or during catastrophic events, however, none of those provisions were respected.

2020 Cabinet Approval

It is emerging from a letter dated 1st December, 2020 and signed by Deputy Minister for Finance at the time, Hon. Charles Adu Boahen that Cabinet approved only US$8million for the Smart Workplace Project.

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It remains a mystery how the Communications Minister defied this Cabinet decision and proceeded to award a US$31.5million contract.

Company Track Record

Our indisputable findings reveal that Smart Infraco Limited had absolutely no track record before being handed the lucrative, albeit illegal contract.

The company was incorporated as recently as 9th October, 2019 – a few months before signing the Smart Workplace sweetheart deal of March 25, 2020.

Nigerian Connection and Domination of Sector

It is disheartening to observe that despite the many celebrated Ghanaian indigenous IT firms which are globally sought after, Smart Infraco Limited with absolutely no track record that measures up with Ghanaian tech companies is the most preferred by government when its promoters and lead directors are Nigerians.

As a Pan Africanist, I would have had no reservations per se, were they a company with a proven track record and basic respect for our procurement laws.

Interestingly, it’s lead director, Angela Onwuka who signed the notorious March 25, 2020 Agreement, publicly admits she has no IT background. She claims to be a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

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Her powerful Nigerian backers led by the ever shadowy and elusive Philip Olaiya now dominate and totally control government contracts in the Ghanaian IT ecosystem. They have recently floated another company known as Ascend Digital Solutions Limited which like Smart Infraco is outsmarting the uninitiated and unconnected. With this new vehicle, they are poised for a firmer grip and an even much bigger lion’s share. From the opaque Kelni GVG deal; enhanced e-Government Infrastructure project dated 2nd November, 2020; World Bank US$115million eTransform Ghana Project; to the new Airtel Tigo Ghana Limited and Ascend Digital Solutions JV created to grab the Exim-China/ABSA Bank €164.9million Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project — a deal we shall discuss in detail another day; the illegal and unpatriotic state capture by abominable proportions ought to be condemned and dismantled.

Final Observations

How many other dubious COVID-19 expenditure items did the Finance Minister conceal from Parliament and the Ghanaian people?

What is the true total COVID-19 expenditure?

When will Government sanction and prosecute its own officials violating our procurement laws with utter impunity?

Parliament’s special joint committee of Finance and Health about to forensically probe COVID-19 expenditure has the most crucial mandate in Ghana’s entire parliamentary history.

For a government that has initiated prosecution on procurement charges leading to people languishing in jail; a government still prosecuting political opponents for alleged procurement breaches; an Akufo-Addo presidency happy to serve as a willing conveyor belt leading to the removal of an Electoral Commissioner who declared him winner of the 2016 elections — the current developments and countless cases of procurement infractions all make for a fascinating future ahead of us.”

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It will be recalled that the speaker of parliament agreed to a call by minority to probe all Covid 19 expenditure. He directed the committees on finance and health to carry out the exercise and report back to parliament in October this year.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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