The Chairman of the Board of Trustees supervising the contentious National Cathedral project, Apostle Dr Opoku Onyinah, has corrected his earlier Facebook post, stating that “it has nothing to do with what is going on.”
The former chairman of the Church of Pentecost has emerged as a potential running mate for the NPP presidential candidate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, ahead of the December 2024 elections.
The revered church leader stated in a Facebook post yesterday [February 10, 2024] that there is a reason why the Lord created him and that he will not hide his talents.
“The Lord has a reason for creating me. Burying my talent and making it redundant is doing a disservice to my family, church, nation, and world,’ he wrote, adding that “if I fail to speak, to work, to contribute, I allow the ‘bad’ minority to rule and dictate. Often, the silence of the majority or a good one helps the noisy minority destroy society or even rule. (From my script on Words of Wisdom).”
The post has garnered a variety of interpretations, implying that the Man of God is establishing his foundation for the mission ahead. Many assumed the famous preacher’s post had a political undertone.
Meanwhile, in a new Facebook post today [February 11], Apostle Onyinah clarified his previous remark.
He remarked that the post was inspired by the Church of Pentecost’s 2015 theme.
“That’s quite fascinating. Apostle Onyinah stated, “I formulated my last article when we (The Church of Pentecost) adopted the subject, “Being a Good Steward of God in My Generation” in 2015.
He also stated that although attempting to find one of his numerous quotations to share was unsuccessful, he came across this one, which pierced his heart as a preacher and chose to repost it again.
He says the piece “has many lessons.”
“Last night, I was looking for a quote that touched my heart on preaching to post it. As I could not find it and stumbled on this, I posted it.
“It has nothing to do with what is going on. Perhaps it has come at the wrong time. Timing is important. I still “keep my head” and place Christ first in whatever I do,” he emphasised
Aside from Apostle Opuku Onyinah, other names under consideration by the NPP leader include Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, MP for Manhyia South, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, and Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, MP for Ablekuman West.
In addition, Chief of Staff Madam Frema Osei Opare, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon Joseph Osei Owusu (Joe Wise), and Education Minister and MP for Bosomtwe, Hon Yaw Osei Adutwum, have all been recommended for the second highest post in the nation.
Meanwhile, the NPP’s National Executive Council (NEC) has agreed to the flagbearer, Dr Bawumia, request for an extension to pick his running partner.
It also decided that Dr Bawumia’s running partner should be from the Ashanti region, which is the party’s heartland.
NDC NEC approves Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang as Mahama’s running mate
The National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s National Executive Committee (NEC) overwhelmingly approved Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang’s candidature as John Dramani Mahama’s running mate.
Mr Mahama tweeted immediately after the endorsement, “Naana Jane is God-fearing, a distinguished scholar, a conscientious public servant, and a role model.”
This is the second time the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast and Minister of Education will join former President Mahama on the NDC ticket for a national election.
Several names were mentioned as potential running mates prior to her selection, including Julius Debrah, former Chief of Staff; Dr Kwabena Duffour, former Finance Minister and Governor of the Bank of Ghana; Mr Kwame Awuah Darko, former Chief Executive of Tema Oil Refinery and BOST; Kojo Bonsu, former Mayor of Kumasi; and Dr Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings, the NDC Member of Parliament for Korle Klottey Constituency.
The former President had already submitted his preferred running mate’s name to the party’s National Executive Committee and Council of Elders for review.
In a statement, the party’s General Secretary, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, suggested that the NEC and Council of Elders were prepared to decide on Mr Mahama’s running mate decision.
Meanwhile, former President Mahama is set to make a formal announcement about his running mate to the public on March 7, 2024.
Egyapa Mercer and four others will be vetted today
The Appointments Committee of Parliament will begin vetting President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s newly nominated ministers today, March 5, 2024.
Andrew Egyapa Mercer, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture; Lydia Seyram Alhassan, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources; Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development; Ophelia Mensah Hayford, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation; and Darkoa Newman, Minis
The screening process will resume on March 5 and finish on March 12, 2024.
The timetable goes as follows:
Tuesday, March 5:
9 a.m.: Andrew Egyapa Mercer, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
10 a.m.: Lydia Seyram Alhassan, Minister-designate of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources.
11 a.m.: Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation, and Rural Development.
Noon: Ophelia Mensah Hayford, Minister-designate for the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.
2 p.m.: Darkoa Newman, Minister-Designate for the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection.
Thursday, March 7:
9 a.m.: Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, the Ministry of Health’s nominee minister
10 a.m.: Titus Glover, the Greater Accra Region’s Minister-designate
11 a.m.: Fatimatu Abubakar, the Ministry of Information’s minister-designate
Daniel Machator, the Oti Region’s minister-designate, at 2:00 pm
March 8th, Friday:
9 am: Dr Benjamin Sekyere Yeboah, Deputy Minister-designate for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection
10 am: Sylvester Tetteh, Deputy Minister-designate for the Ministry of Information
11 am: Charles Acheampong, Deputy Minister-designate for the Ministry of Communication and Digitalisation
12 pm: Adelaide Ntim, Deputy Minister-designate for the Ministry of Health
2 pm: Alexander Akwasi Acquah, Deputy Minister-designate for the Health Ministry
Monday, March 11:
9 a.m.: Vincent Ekow Assafuah, Deputy Minister-designate for the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.
10 a.m.: John Kobina Sanie, Deputy Minister-designate of the Energy Ministry.
10 a.m.: Collins Adomako Mensah, Deputy Minister-designate in the Energy Ministry
12 p.m.: Dr. Prince Hamidu Armah, Deputy Minister-designate of the Works and Housing Ministry.
Tuesday, March 12:
9 a.m.: Kingsley Nyarko, Deputy Minister-designate of the Education Ministry.
10 a.m.: Festus Awuah Kwofie, Deputy Minister-designate of the Employment and Labour Ministry
11 a.m.: Akwasi Konadu, Deputy Minister-designate of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
12 pm: Musah Abdul Aziz Ayaba, Deputy Minister-designate for the Ministry of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Development.
Akufo-Addo is a smart politician; he will consent to the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill – Foh Amoaning
Moses Foh-Amoaning, Executive Secretary of the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, stated that they are awaiting the President’s signature on the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill.
According to him, the bill’s purpose is not to criminalise anyone, but to give care, therapy, and support to persons dealing with gender identity and sexual orientation issues.
He went on to say, “The focus of the Coalition is not to criminalise or dump people in prisons…those people who get caught in these challenges, we were very clear in our mind that what they needed was care treatment and support, and it’s in the bill.”
On February 29, he mentioned this during an interview with Johnnie Hughes on 3FM’s Sunrise Morning Show.
In response to criticism from people such as Audrey Gadzekpo and the evolution of opinions within Ghanaian society, notably Member of Parliament Sam George, Foh-Amoaning emphasised the value of education and awareness in developing viewpoints.
He explained, “Sam has educated himself by interacting with us. He has realised how ridiculous the entire human rights argument is, and when I listen to Audrey, she is merely spouting normal LGBT template arguments. So, Sam was probably not educated at the time, and he tells me that is what drove him and made him see how important this is.”
Mr. Foh-Amoaning addressed the political aspect of their campaigning, noting constitutional principles and the promotion of Ghanaian values as the cornerstone for their efforts.
He made a point of saying, “If you say we’re political you are right because that’s what we are engaged in, we want to ensure that the people of this country are protected and that’s what the Constitution says.”
Regarding President Nana Akufo-Addo’s likely response to the bill, Foh-Amoaning expressed trust in the President’s commitment to Ghanaian principles and emphasised the political ramifications of whatever decision he makes.
“Well, the President is a very brilliant politician, and what I’ve told everyone who has asked me this question is that, first and foremost, there has never been a President of Ghana who has used the word of God more than this one. So, with what I know about the President, I’m confident he’ll sign this law,” he stated.
He cautioned that if the President does not sign the law, the ruling party would suffer major consequences, including electoral ramifications and a loss of popularity.
“If he refuses to sign it would be very easy the NDC will just package the NPP as Trumu Trumu party”.
Mr Foh-Amoaning emphasised the Coalition’s commitment to promoting Ghanaian family values and preserving the nation’s interests.
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