The chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti region has said former president John Mahama will be the easiest candidate to beat in Election 2020.
Bernard Antwi Bosiako, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi, has served notice the ruling NPP will force the main opposition party to present Mahama as their flagbearer for the next general polls.
“Whenever I hear former President John Dramani Mahama as coming for 2020, then I’m happy,” Chairman Wontumi said on GhOne TV’s State of Affairs show.
He added: “I pray every day that the NDC brings former President Mahama. I can challenge the former President because he became president by default. Even at the Supreme Court, they said in 2012 there was ballot stuffing. So, we are going to force the NDC to bring former President Mahama.”
“When political power changed hands to the NPP in 2000, there was run-off, the 2008 elections had run-off, but, in 2016 when the NDC was exiting there was no run-off and the margin of votes was sound for NPP.
“Former President Mahama is our (NPP) wife. If you look at the vote difference, and statistics and the way it went, we want President Mahama to contest in 2020,” the NPP firebrand opined.
The NPP chair, who became the first person to retain the seat after his first term, said, “I have appetite in the Ashanti Region for 2020 elections. I’m angry and hungry for 2020. I want 2020 to even happen today. I want people to vote for NPP and Ashantis will vote for NPP again.”
“Prior to the last election, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was not the President, but since becoming the President, Nana Akufo-Addo has brought free Senior High School (SHS), restored nurses allowance and teachers training allowance. As for me I compare him to Gordon Guggisberg,” the regional chairman added.
Asked if President Akufo-Addo had done better than Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, he said Dr Nkrumah, unlike Nana Akufo-Addo, came to meet money, while President Akufo-Addo came to meet debts.
Agenda two million votes
He told the broadcaster that the NPP would improve on its 2016 votes of 1.2 million and is now targeting two million votes in the Ashanti region.
According to him, since 1992 when democratic rule started in Ghana, “four people have been elected to lead Ashanti Region NPP and I am the fourth one and the only one who retained the seat as a regional chairman.
“Nobody had ever retained the seat for a second term like me or nobody had had eight years, but I have broken that jinx. It was God,” he stated.
On job creation, he said “the Holy Bible even said ‘the hand that does not work must not eat’, so everybody ought to work. I had a licence and my small scale mining was decent. I am like you and if you are popular people have a way of talking about you.
“I will appeal to the government that though it had done well, especially with free SHS, mining is also somebody’s work so those engaging in small scale mining who are recognised by the Mineral’s Commission, we should assist them, but those in galamsey we have to stop them from destroying our water bodies.”
Judge Me By My Works, Not My Wardrobe – Samira Bawumia
Wife of Ghana’s Vice-President, Samira Bawumia says she is least perturbed about social media critics on her choice of clothing.
Rather, she says people should be more concerned about how she is using her position to impact the lives of others.
Mrs Bawumia since the inauguration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 7, 2016, has been an attraction at many public events with her fashion.
She has been criticised by some people who feel her choice of clothing do not reflect her religious leanings as a Muslim and her position as wife of the Vice President.
But in an interview on Accra-based Citi FM Wednesday, Mrs Bawumia noted that instead of paying attention to her wardrobe; she wished that people would rather focus on her work.
“I wish it wouldn’t be the preoccupation…because I’m doing a lot of work that I will rather highlight. I mean if a woman is dressing well there shouldn’t be anything wrong with that. I think we should own our beauty and also make a difference,” she said.
She also noted that her choice of wardrobe is also promoting the business for those who make them and that is something that excites her.
“Sometimes I wear clothes and those who made it for me, their business booms and I’m happy for them because I’m also promoting their industry.”
Nonetheless, she says, such comments only become a bother when they tend to spite her.
“I worry slightly about how sometimes the discourse goes because this politics turns to be sometimes a little vicious. I don’t mind for my own personal saying because if someone I don’t know has an opinion about me [that’s] tough; but I worry about the people I know and how they feel about my interaction with them and for the most time I get a positive response,” she said.
Amissah-Arthur: ‘I Wasn’t Made Useless’ By John Mahama
Former Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has denied a publication that former President John Mahama rendered him ‘useless’.
The story which was carried by Otec FM reported the former Vice President who was allegedly speaking on the phone to somebody else saying: “need I say more? We all know who was used to relegate me to the background. I don’t need to mention a name for you to decipher who it was, but you are quite aware whom I am referring to. As a matter of fact, I was made redundant”
However in response, Mr Amissah-Arthur said: “I have never had a telephone (or any) conversation remotely resembling what has been written…it’s a figment of people’s imagination and should be treated with the contempt it deserves”.
According to him, he got along very well with former President Mahama and that they ‘had a divine friendship’.
The former President and his Vice are working together as a team to project the interest of the National Democratic Congress towards election 2020.
NPP Youth Attack GHA Office; Chase Out Workers
Workers of the Ghana Highways Authority in the Northern region on Tuesday had to flee for their lives after a youth group affiliated to the New Patriotic Party attacked the directorate over claims that road contracts have been awarded to NDC contractors.
A secretary to the director, Alberta Akorogo who spoke to Starr News stated that an unknown man entered the premises and asked to see the director but he was informed that the director was in Accra for a meeting.
According to Madam Akorogo, the man left only to return a few minutes later with a group of violent people with weapons who assaulted her and other workers of the Highways authority.
She stated that the group claimed that the Highways authority was only awarding contracts to NDC members while NPP members in the region hardly get any contract.
The group allegedly scattered office documents and some very important files after they forced their way into the main offices.
Madam Akorogo was rescued by her colleagues, but Starr News’ Northern regional correspondent Eliasu Tanko reports that the secretary was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
The workers, according to her, had to flee for their lives after the group became agitated and more aggressive.
The workers at the directorate claim that this is not the first time that such an attack has occurred but nobody has been arrested yet. The workers are demanding immediate protection from the security services or will not report for work on Wednesday.
The attack comes weeks after the former regional chairman of the NPP Bugri Naabu admitted sanctioning an attack on a contractor working on drainage in the region claiming that contractor was an NDC member.
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