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Bryan Acheampong made no mistakes – NPP defends Abetifi MP

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Bryan Acheampong made no mistakes - NPP defends Abetifi MP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has defended Bryan Acheampong, Member of Parliament for Abetifi after he stated that the ruling NPP government will never cede power to the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Mr Acheampong, according to the NPP, said nothing wrong and was only responding to previous comments made by former President John Dramani Mahama and some NDC party officials.

In a speech to party supporters in Mpraeso on Saturday, Mr Acheampong stated that the ruling New Patriotic Party will never cede power to the opposition NDC in 2025.

“NDC party will collapse. If the NDC dares to use threats, violence and foolishness in the 2024 election, we will let them know we have the men. We will show them that we have the men. We have the men![He screamed to emphasize]. It will never happen that we, the NPP, will stand on a platform to hand over power to the NDC. It will never happen! We will make sure NPP remains in government at all costs”.

The Minority and the NDC have condemned the Abetifi MP’s remarks, with the opposition party calling for his arrest and prosecution.

Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, a statesman and founding member of the NPP, has also described the comments as dangerous, threatening Ghana beyond what the Akufo Addo government has already caused.

“Bryan Acheampong’s indiscipline and violent tendency have reached legendary levels, and it is about time the President and the NPP leadership called him to sanity. Failure to do that will further injure the party and lead it to a total collapse.

“Some of us in the NPP will not sit down unconcerned for such irresponsible behaviours alien to the NPP and inimical to national development to continue. Development is what our country greatly requires now, and as a cabinet minister that is what Bryan Acheampong should address on political platforms such as it was offered him last Saturday.”

Mr Acheampong was urged to “withdraw and render an unqualified apology to the good people of Ghana for making such destructive, unlawful, unguided, unnecessary, and unintelligent political statement.”

The NPP, on the other hand, described the attack on Mr Acheampong as unjustified and an attempt by the NDC to gain attention from Ghanaians.

“The NPP considers the NDC’s attack on Bryan Acheampong not only unwarranted but also attention-seeking with an ill attempt to emotionally blackmail Ghanaians to court their support.

“From the foregoing, if anybody has to be arrested by the Police for treasonable comments, then certainly it is John Dramani Mahama for his continuous “Do or die for the NDC” in reference to the 2024 general elections, and Asidedu Nketiah for his brazen proclamation that members of the NDC are willing to sacrifice their lives to win the 2024 elections.”

Below is the full statement by the NPP

NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY REACTS TO NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS’ ILL-FOUNDED ATTACK ON BRYAN ACHEAMPONG

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has sighted a flippant statement signed by the General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), on comments made by Bryan Acheampong, Member Of Parliament for the Abetifi Constituency and Minister for Food and Agriculture while addressing some party supporters in the Eastern Region which the NDC describes as treasonable.

The NPP finds the NDC’s statement not only ill-founded, hypocritical, illogical, and baseless, but also one that lacks contextual substance for the consumption of the discerning Ghanaians who are not oblivious to the modus operandi of the main opposition party in deliberately putting diabolic and mischievous slant to an otherwise innocuous comment such as the comments made by the Member of Parliament, in furtherance of their selfish political interest.

Since the NDC pretends not to appreciate and logically decode Bryan’s message, we would once again educate them, just as we have done on many occasions. For the avoidance of doubt, Hon Bryan Acheampong, was responding to the NDC’s perpetual flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, who had on many occasions described the 2024 general elections as one of “do or die” for the NDC. It is, in fact, a no secret that the NDC has always resorted to violence and intimidation against their opponents during the conduct of general elections, and this was summed up by their 2024 presumptive presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama. He has stated emphatically that:

“NDC has revolutionary root, and that when it comes to unleashing violence, nobody can beat us [NDC] in unleashing violence”.

Other leading members of the NDC, including Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the National Chairman of the Party, have made similar threatening and malicious comments. Indeed, following his election as National Chairman, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah stated in his victory speech that, the NDC would fight the 2024 general elections to win a second Independence for Ghana, and that, they are prepared to sacrifice everything including lives for an NDC victory.

It was in response to these myriads of reckless and treasonable comments from the NDC that Hon.
Bryan Acheampong gave encouragement to supporters of the NPP, who may feel intimated by the many threats coming from the NDC, that, under no circumstance should they feel intimated because the NPP has men of courage who can rise to the defense of our democracy and the 1992 Constitution of the Republic as enshrined in Article 3 of the Constitution.

Hon. Bryan, thereupon, proceeded to give NPP supporters a firm assurance that the Party [NPP] will not lose the 2024 general elections and hand power to the NDC but will do everything to retain power.
Considering the steps being taken by the Akufo-Addo-led government to tackle Ghana’s socioeconomic challenges, which have begun bearing positive dividends, and also by the conduct of the NPP since the advent of the Fourth Republic, Bryan Acheampong’s comment can only be interpreted to mean that the NPP, just as it has done in the past, is determined to do everything legally possible to win the 2024 general elections. The NPP’s track record of winning elections through free, fair, and transparent means is not in doubt at all.

It is thus nerve-wracking to see the very persons who have over time made the worst of unguarded statements, and acted in a manner that has the potential to subvert the nation’s democratic order and plunge the country into chaos and instability, to turn around and cry foul of a statement that seeks to energize the base of the NPP, give assurance of hope to party faithfuls and the Ghanaian citizenry. Ghanaians are fully awoken to such gimmicks by the NDC.

The NPP considers the NDC’s attack on Bryan Acheampong not only unwarranted but also attention-seeking with an ill attempt to emotionally blackmail Ghanaians to court their support.

From the foregoing, if anybody has to be arrested by the Police for treasonable comments, then certainly it is John Dramani Mahama for his continuous “Do or die for the NDC ” in reference to the 2024 general elections, and Asidedu Nketiah for his brazen proclamation that members of the NDC are willing to sacrifice their lives to win the 2024 elections.

We wish to conclude by once again assuring the good people of this great nation that the NPP remains a peace-loving party and would not do anything to jeopardize the peace and security of the state. We hold the enviable title as the bastion of democracy in Ghana and on the African continent, and this, we intend to guard jealously. The 2024 general elections shall be free, fair, and the most transparent elections in the Fourth Republic, and by the grace of God, the NPP would emerge victors to continue our transformation agenda.

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Ato Forson to the government: Fixing the plummeting cedi must be more important to you than getting additional loans

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Dr. Forson emphasised that the Akufo-Addo administration's main worry should be the worrisome devaluation of the Ghanaian cedi. The Minority Leader stated that the quick decrease in the value of the local currency is producing major economic issues, such as company closures and increased unemployment. The Minority Leader voiced alarm about the ongoing depreciation of the Cedi, which he claims is raising the cost of products and services throughout the country. According to him, this is placing a lot of strain on regular Ghanaians and making their lives worse.

Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader, has criticised President Akufo-Addo for convening an emergency parliamentary session at the request of the Majority caucus on Friday, May 17.

He said that there was no genuine emergency that required the recall of Parliament to accept a $150 million World Bank loan.

Dr Forson, a former Deputy Finance Minister, declared at the opening of the parliamentary session that loan clearance was unnecessary.

He emphasised that the administration had already misappropriated cash from the first portion of the previously approved loan.

Dr. Forson emphasised that the Akufo-Addo administration’s main worry should be the worrisome devaluation of the Ghanaian cedi.

The Minority Leader stated that the quick decrease in the value of the local currency is producing major economic issues, such as company closures and increased unemployment.

The Minority Leader voiced alarm about the ongoing depreciation of the Cedi, which he claims is raising the cost of products and services throughout the country.

According to him, this is placing a lot of strain on regular Ghanaians and making their lives worse.

He advised the government to concentrate on stabilising the Cedi rather than obtaining new loans for what he referred to as spending.

Dr Forson emphasised the need for the government to put economic stability and civilian well-being first.

The Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam congressman maintained that solving the Cedi’s free slide should be the government’s top priority.

He cautioned that failing to do so would deepen economic suffering and jeopardise the country’s financial stability.

In conclusion, Dr Forson urged the government to reconsider its objectives and take quick measures to stabilise the economy rather than incur further debt.

He advised a change away from borrowing and towards policies that would strengthen the local currency and promote long-term economic prosperity.

“How is the approval of a US$150 million loan an urgent issue, when US$200 million for phase one approved by this House has been misapplied and not accounted for?”

“How is it an urgent matter for Parliament to be summoned from recess to approve a-US$150 million loan agreement at a time that this government is granting questionable US$450 million tax waiver?”

“Therefore, we want to make the point clear that there is no urgent matter before the House to warrant this recall.”

“Rt. Hon. Speaker, the urgent matter facing the people of Ghana, particularly businesses, traders and households is the free fall of the Cedi. This is a matter that concerns everyone. The depreciation of the Cedi should be an urgent issue for all of us,” he said.

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Full list of Ministerial and deputy Ministerial nominees approved by Parliament

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The organisation claims that the present economic and electricity issues are the product of the government's incompetence, which necessitates immediate action rather than new cabinet nominations. Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson announced ahead of the adoption of the Appointments Committee report that the caucus will not support the candidates' confirmation. “Mr Speaker, the Minority does not support the nominations of these ministers, because of what the country has gone through and continues to go through, including economic crisis, food insecurity, “dumsor”, and reckless borrowing. "Businesses are hurting. While the government has urged Ghanaians to tighten their belts, it has loosened its own.

President Akufo-Addo has nominated nine Ministers of State, and Parliament has confirmed them.

In his first ministerial change since 2017, the President appointed Dr Bernard Okoe Boye as Minister of Health, Lydia Seyram Alhassan as Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, and Dakoa Newman as Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, among others.

The House has also approved President Akufo-Addo’s Deputy Ministers of State nominations.

The Minority in Parliament walked out before President Akufo-Addo’s confirmation of Ministers and Deputy Ministers-designate.

The organisation claims that the present economic and electricity issues are the product of the government’s incompetence, which necessitates immediate action rather than new cabinet nominations.

Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson announced ahead of the adoption of the Appointments Committee report that the caucus will not support the candidates’ confirmation.

“Mr Speaker, the Minority does not support the nominations of these ministers, because of what the country has gone through and continues to go through, including economic crisis, food insecurity, “dumsor”, and reckless borrowing.

“Businesses are hurting. While the government has urged Ghanaians to tighten their belts, it has loosened its own.

“Piling up ministers and deputies does not signal to the Ghanaians the president understands the seriousness of the mess created.”

Full list of Ministerial and deputy Ministerial nominees

Health Hon. Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye; Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ophelia Mensah Hayford; Information Ms Fatimatu Abubakar, Gender; Children and Social Protection Dakoa Newman;  Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah; Sanitation and Water Resources Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan; Tourism, Arts and Culture Hon. Andrew Egyapa Mercer, MP, Greater Accra Region Hon. Titus Glover, Oti Region Mr. Daniel Machator.

The deputy ministerial nominees are for Information Sylvester Tetteh, MP; Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Vincent Ekow Assafuah; Communications and Digitalisation Hon. Charles Acheampong; Health Adelaide Ntim, MP Alexander Akwasi Acquah; Works and Housing Hon. Dr. Prince Hamidu Armah;
Lands and Natural Resources, Akwasi Konadu; Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Hon. Musah Abdul Aziz Ayaba; Energy John Kobina Sanie, Collins Adomako Mensah; Education Kingsley Nyarko; Employment and Labour Relations Hon. Festus Awuah Kwofie; Gender, Children and Social Protection Hon. Benjamin Sekyere Yeboah.”

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None of my appointees will indulge in mining – Mahama

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Mr. Mahama pledged that if elected president, he will establish a sustainable mining scheme in all mining communities that differs from the current community mining scheme and will heavily involve traditional leadership in the granting of licences to help regulate mining activities. "It will vary in every way from the current community mining plan, which has indisputably become a conduit for enriching party chairmen, DCEs, and other politically connected persons. "Indeed, under my administration, if you are a minister, a DCE, or an official and engage in mining activities, I will request that you quit and go mining. You can either be a governmental official or a businessman running a mine.

John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has stated that if elected president in December, he will not hesitate to order any of his officials involved in mining activities to quit.

According to the former President, his appointees would be obliged to focus on their primary mission of improving the country.

Speaking at the 3rd Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-scale Mining at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani, John Mahama stated that none of his appointees will participate in galamsey.

Mr Mahama pledged that if elected president, he would establish a sustainable mining scheme in all mining communities that differs from the current community mining scheme and will heavily involve traditional leadership in the granting of licences to help regulate mining activities.

“It will vary in every way from the current community mining plan, which has indisputably become a conduit for enriching party chairmen, DCEs, and other politically connected persons.

“Indeed, under my administration, if you are a minister, a DCE, or an official and engage in mining activities, I will request that you quit and go mining. You can either be a governmental official or a businessman running a mine.

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