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NPP: Mahama, NDC owe Ghanaians, EC, Judiciary apology

as Asiedu Nketia blows alarm over deceptive election petition



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The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) says former President John Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) owe Ghanaians and the Judiciary an unqualified apology for wasting everybody’s time with a deceptive election petition

In a leaked audio recording, the NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia who was addressing some Party executives, stated emphatically that even though NDC had no figures of its own, the party went to court to challenge results of the 2020 General Election.

A statement issued by the NPP and signed by its Communication Director, Richard Ahiagba said from the audio it is clear that NDC’s motivation was purely for political expediency, as they were only seeking to avoid taking responsibility for their election defeat.

“It is the height of misconduct for former President John Mahama and the NDC leadership to lie to their supporters that they had won the elections and ask them to come out and jubilate,” he stated.

Ahiagba said the NDC led by former President Mahama, vigorously embarked on a campaign of hate against the Judiciary, scandalizing and attacking the very integrity of the Justices and calling them unanimous FC simply because they judged rightly that his petition lacked merit.


According to him, the NPP finds this conduct of the NDC leadership not only unpatriotic but also very disgraceful and unconscionable.

He explained that the NDC virtually asked its supporters to seek redress on the streets because the Electoral Commission (EC) had cheated them, which their supporters also blindly followed creating tension in the country.

The NPP Communication Director noted that NDC wasted time and resources of the court for months when they knew they had no case.

That conduct alone could have plunged the nation into chaos and made nonsense of the enviable reputation of Ghana as the beacon of democracy in Africa.

He recalled that NDC Members of Parliament (MPs), led by Haruna Iddrisu, also hit the street and matched to the premises of EC, knowing all along that they had lost the election fair and square.


On the strength of the NDC’s own confession, the NPP called on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), political watchers and indeed all well-meaning Ghanaians to join the NPP in demanding an apology from former President John Mahama and the NDC leadership for this disservice to the country, which risked democracy.

“Our country has come a long way in our democratic journey, and as stakeholders, we are all expected to protect and defend this enviable feat which has made Ghana, a shining example to other African countries and the world.

“With their confessed deceit in the 2021 Election Petition, the next time the NDC claim they have been cheated in any election, no one should take their word for it, especially in 2024,” he stated .

 Contents of leaked audio

In the leaked audio,  Asiedu-Nketia revealed that the party challenged the 2020 election results in the Supreme Court without any credible collated figures.


IT system for collation crashed

According to him, the IT system the party used to collate results of the 2020 elections crashed after collating results of five regions.

 Claims of victory fueled protest by NDC supporters 

This revelation is shocking because the NDC made claims of winning the elections and their supporters poured onto the streets nearly throwing the country into chaos.

Supreme Court judges denigrated


Based on the claims of winning the elections, party leaders and supporters made denigrating statements against Supreme Court judges.

Asiedu-Nketia revealed that following the crash of the system, the NDC did not have collated figures to determine whether the party indeed won the elections or not.

He said when the decision was taken to challenge the results at the Supreme Court; the party resorted to manual collation of results across Ghana using pink sheets.

According to him, at the time he mounted the witness box at the Supreme Court, the collated results available did not support their case of victory and using such figures will disgrace the NDC.

He disclosed that he did not present the figures to the Supreme Court because it will bring shame and disgrace to him as the star witness and NDC as a party.


With no empirical figures to back their case, he said it was decided that the case be sent to Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata for his advice.

According to Asiedu-Nketia, after reviewing the manually collated figures, Lawyer Tsikata handed the documents back to them and said that if that is the evidence they are taking to court, then they should look for another lawyer.

The incumbent NDC General Secretary said Lawyer Tsikata told them that the Electoral Commission (EC) had breached several rules and laws.

With that in mind, he stated that Lawyer Tsikata was of the view that evidence of NDC’s victory may be found on EC’s biometric verification machines.

In light of this, Asiedu-Nketia disclosed that Lawyer Tsikata was of the view that NDC should argue their case on EC’s breaches hoping that when EC chair Jean Mensa mounts the witness box and is ordered to submit information on biometric verification machines, then the truth about whether NDC won or lost the elections could be established.


The aspiring Chairman therefore promises to leverage on NDC’s membership of Socialist International to seek assistance from member countries to help the NDC with ICT systems to collate results.

Supreme Court dismisses petition

The Supreme Court in a unanimous judgment dismissed the election petition saying it has no reason to order a re-run of the 2020 presidential election.

The Election Petition was filed by Mr John Dramani Mahama, challenging the declaration of Nana Akufo-Addo as the winner of the election.

Petition lacked merit


The seven-member panel presided over by the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, said the petition lacked merit.

Crucial issues of relevance not established

The court was of the view that the crucial issues of relevance had not been established by the petitioner.

Petitioner failed to provide any evidence

The judgment pointed out that the petitioner failed to provide any evidence to prove that the declaration by the EC Chairperson, Mrs Jean Mensa, who was the Returning Officer and had some errors, which was eventually corrected, affected the results of the election.


NDC did not provide counter figures

The court said the petitioner’s legal team led by Tsikata did not present any data to counter the figures announced by the EC Chairperson.

Testimonies of petition witnesses were of no relevance to the petition

The court further said the testimonies of the three petition witnesses (NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia, representatives in the EC strong room Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte and Robert Joseph Rojo Mettle-Nunoo) were of no relevance to the petition.





Ethnic diversity is the greatest achievement of independence



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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the greatest achievement of independence is the welding of different ethnic entities into one nation.

Shun division on lines of ethnicity or religion
Consequently, he said “We cannot allow those who seek to divide us along the lines of ethnicity or religion to succeed.”

Deepening cohesion
“Let us deepen the cohesion that exists amongst us, and let us wear, with pride, the badge of being called Ghanaian,” he said.

66th Independence Day Celebration
He stated this at the 66th Independence Day Celebration on the theme, “Our Unity, Our Strength, Our Purpose.”

First time in Volta Region
This is the first time that the Volta Region is hosting the national independence parade.


22 contingents on parade
A total of 22 contingents from the various security agencies and 12 from the various schools in the Volta Region were on parade, aside from other performances.

66 Artillery Regiment in charge of the march past
The 66 Artillery Regiment in Ho was in charge of the march past where the security services and various schools from the Ho Municipality took part in the parade.

The regional capital was decorated with the Ghana flag, with several offices also draping their buildings in Ghana colours (red, yellow, green) to mark the occasion.

Unity, strength and purpose
President Akufo-Addo noted that “there is no better homage we can pay to the memories of all those who fought to free us from the shackles of colonialism and imperialism, than to dedicate this 66th independence anniversary to working even harder for the unity, strength and purpose of our dear Ghana”.

One common purpose of forebears
According to him, the country’s forebears were united and strengthened in realising one common purpose – the attainment of independence.
“It did not matter where they came from; it did not matter which tribe they belonged to; it did not matter which religious persuasion they subscribed to; and their standing in society certainly did not matter,” he said.
He noted that the forebears recognised the fact that colonialism did not inure to the nation’s collective benefit, and they were determined to end it. And, indeed, they did.


Much more to be done
President Akufo-Addo said 66 years down the line, Ghanaians have worked hard to live up to this responsibility, even though acknowledging that the country has not fully realised its potential and the dreams and aspirations of the forebears, who fought for independence.

Protecting the 4th Republic
He tasked Ghanaians to be united in the goal of protecting the 4th Republic which is the longest period of stable constitutional governance, saying it is only free, democratic form of governance and the intelligent management of the economy that will bring the upliftment Ghanaians want and deserve.
“We should continue to strive to ensure that no Ghanaian child is denied access to quality education, hence the groundbreaking and transformative Free SHS policy.
“We should continue to guarantee access to affordable healthcare for all in every part of our country, by continuously improving the National Health Insurance Scheme, expanding healthcare infrastructure and enhancing general health delivery.
“We should continue to guard and protect jealously the security and integrity of our nation against dangers from outside and within our borders.
“We should continue to work towards achieving food security, and the modernisation of our agriculture; we should continue to work to become a value-added, industrialised economy, which no longer depends on the production and export of raw materials, but on the things we make; we should continue to work to open up all parts of our country through the construction of roads, rail, ports and airports; we should continue to work to improve accountability, efficiency and transparency in the delivery of public services; we should continue with the process of digitalisation; we should continue the difficult but necessary task of ridding our environment of the menace of galamsey; and we should continue to pay our taxes, and demand that our leaders put them to good use’” he added.

Fiscal interventions to help bring relief
On current hardships, the President reiterated that government has deployed a number of fiscal interventions to help bring relief to Ghanaians and is confident that, sooner rather than later, significant results of relief and recovery will be seen.
In spite of the crisis, he said Ghana did not suffer any fuel queues, shortages of food and essential items, or the catastrophe of dumsor.
He called on Ghanaians to unite and not allow the challenges facing the nation to divide them.
President Akufo-Addo pledged to use his remaining tenure to rebuild the economy to pre-COVID-19 levels.
“I want to assure you that my devotion to the Ghana Project is unwavering. The enemy we face is not each other.
“We can only win this battle if we stick together, and pull in the same direction, regardless of our divergent viewpoints.
“I am confident that we are on the right path, and I ask for your support so that we can continue the transformation of Ghana in peace’” he stated.

3 helicopters for police
President Akufo-Addo announced that three helicopters belonging to the Police Service joined the celebration saying “It is the first time in our nation’s history that the Police Service is employing the use of helicopters to improve its operational efficiency”.
He commended the cultural groups for their spectacular performances, which exemplified the greatest aspects of Ghanaian culture.
“It is always a delight also to watch personnel from our security services on parade, putting up spectacular drills”, he added.

Tribute to some prominent Voltains
President Akufo-Addo paid glowing tributes to some prominent Voltains including Ephraim Amu-composer “Mia denyigba lorlor la” (Yen ara asase ni), who taught us to take pride in our culture, Phillip Gbeho- composer of Ghana’s vibrant and much loved national anthem, Daniel Chapman Nyaho, one of Ghana’s most eminent administrators who, at independence, helped ensure a seamless transition when the British left; the Reverend Ametorwobla, a powerful orator who proved that one could be both a priest and a politician; and Esther Ocloo, née Nkulenu, trail-blazer and industrialist extraordinaire, whose entrepreneurial spirit lives on.
He also paid tribute to Komla Agbeli Gbedemah, Ghana’s first Minister for Finance and one of the founding fathers, and the charismatic Jerry John Rawlings, first president of the Fourth Republic and Ghana’s longest serving head of state.
The Special Guest of Honour was Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embaló and President Akufo-Addo is hopeful that the two countries will continue to work together to build a sustainable future of progress and prosperity for their respective countries and populations, and to maintain healthy relations.


He praised Ghana for its massive support for the country in its struggle for independence.

“We people in Guinea-Bissau are grateful to Ghana for the solidarity and support during the country’s struggle for liberation,” President Umaro Sissoco Embalo stated.

He was hopeful that that friendship would be strengthened to chart the course for peace, political stability and social development for the mutual benefit of the two countries and their peoples.

President Sissoco Embalo, who was addressing the commemoration of Ghana’s 66th Independence Anniversary, at Adaklu, Volta Region, said his country cherished the long-standing relationship between the two countries.

He praised Ghana for championing the cause of the African continent over the years – a path which saw most sub-Saharan African countries building the self-confidence to free themselves from colonial rule.


The Guinea-Bissau President, who is also the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), recalled how the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President, played an inspirational role in spearheading the cause of the continent.

The former Ghanaian President, he said, would forever be remembered for his dedicated and selfless life to Pan-Africanism.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said the country was happy to have had the visiting President as the Guest of Honour for the 66th Independence Anniversary.

“Ghana is proud of the strong ties of friendship between the two countries,” he said, adding that it was his hope that the two countries would work together to build a prosperous future

“Our Unity, Our Strength, Our purpose”, was the theme for the Independence Anniversary Celebration, which also had in attendance the Vice-President, Dr.


Mahamudu Bawumia, Togbe Tepre Hodo IV, President of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, and other prominent dignitaries.

On March 6, 1957, Ghana gained independence after 83 years of British colonial rule – becoming the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence from Britain.

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Ato Forson replaces Haruna Iddrisu as Minority Leader



Minority leader, Newscenta, Ato Forson, Haruna Iddrisu, NDC, Parliament,

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has made changes to its leadership in Parliament.

The Ranking Member of the Finance Committee and Member of Parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam Constituency in the Central Region, Casiel Ato Forson, has replaced Tamale South MP, Haruna Iddrisu as the Minority Leader.

Armah Kofi Buah, MP for Ellembelle has also come in to replace Ketu North MP James Klutse Avedzi as the Deputy Minority Leader while Kwame Agbodza has also replaced Asawase MP Muntaka Mubarak as the Minority Whip.

Ahmed Ibrahim and Comfort Doyo-Ghansah have, however, maintained their positions as First and Second deputy Whips respectively.

National Chairman of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah in March 2021 stated that the party was considering making changes to its leadership in parliament.


“There is some work in progress. After every election, we reconstitute the leadership of Parliament even if it means reconfirming them. We haven’t done that yet because of the court cases. We started but got to a point and felt that we need to finish with the court cases first. So it is something we are considering. But there will be a definite statement. I am sure by the time, they [Parliament] return from the break, we would have taken this decision”

War against suspected anti-Mahana element

However, now it appears there is a deliberate effort to get rid of persons who are alleged to be Anti-Mahama elements.

Minority Chief whip, Mubarak Muntaka and minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu appear to fall into this category of Anti-Mahama elements and are both battling attempts to remove them from their positions.


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Jinapor is caretaker Minister for Trade and Industry Ministry



Samuel Jinapor, Newscenta, caretaker, Trade Minister,

President Akufo-Addo has directed Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor to assume responsibility as Trade and Industry Minister pending the appointment of a substantive person.

His caretaker duties as the Trade Minister takes effect from January 16.

This was contained in a statement from the Director of Communications at the Office of the President.

The President in an earlier statement tasked the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to act as the caretaker Minister for the Ministry.

This followed the resignation of Alan Kyerematen as Trade Minister. President Akufo-Addo while accepting his resignation wished Alan well in his future endeavours.


His resignation is to afford him time to pursue his presidential ambition. Subsequently, Alan Kyerematen officially declared his intention to contest in the flagbearership race of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)

Calls for President Akufo-Addo to reshuffle his appointees have resurrected after the sudden resignation of Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyerematen.

Some political experts have stated that Alan’s resignation provides the President with the right opportunity to reshuffle his Ministers and cut down the size of his government.

Samuel A. Jinapor is a seasoned Politician and a Barrister at Law. He is a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Samuel Jinapor was employed in 2012 at the commercial and corporate law firm, Kulendi @ law upon his graduation from the Ghana School of Law. His zeal and enthusiasm at the firm saw him rise from pupil to senior associate.


In 2017, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appointed him as Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of operations at the Office of the President.

He is currently the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and the Member of Parliament for the Damango Constituency of the Savannah Region in Ghana.

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