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Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and 17 other NPP MPs to resign voluntarily from Parliament

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Dan Botwe (Okere), Kwasi Amoako-Atta (Atiwa West), Dr. Kwaku Afriyie (Sefwi Wiaso), and Emmanuel Marfo (Oforikrom) are among the other MPs who have opted to resign. Additionally, Benito Owusu-Bio (Atwima Nwabiagya), Carlos Ahenkora (Tema West), Nana Kwasi Adjei Boateng (New Juabeng North), William Owuraku Aidoo (Afigya Kwabre South), Johnson Adu (Ahafo Ano South West), Francis Manu-Adabor (Ahafo Ano South-East), Suleman Sanid (Ahafo Ano North), Kojo Kum (Ahanta West), and Francisca Oteng (Kwabre East) are among those opting not to seek reelection. The reasons behind their choice are unknown, with conjecture ranging from impending political retirements to seeking different career options or taking a vacation from the rigorous strain of legislative life.

Eighteen (18) Members of Parliament (MPs) from the ruling New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Majority Caucus have indicated that they would not run for reelection in the 2024 legislative elections.

This voluntary withdrawal has aroused considerable conjecture and discussion regarding the NPP’s future direction in the coming years.

Among those who have decided not to run for re-election are Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu (Suame), First Deputy Speaker Joe Osei Owusu (Bekwai), Atta Akyea (Abuakwa South), Joe Ghartey (Essikado Ketan) and Ken Agyapong (Assin Central). Their decision surely creates a leadership and legislative representation hole in the party.

Dan Botwe (Okere), Kwasi Amoako-Atta (Atiwa West), Dr. Kwaku Afriyie (Sefwi Wiaso), and Emmanuel Marfo (Oforikrom) are among the other MPs who have opted to resign. Additionally, Benito Owusu-Bio (Atwima Nwabiagya), Carlos Ahenkora (Tema West), Nana Kwasi Adjei Boateng (New Juabeng North), William Owuraku Aidoo (Afigya Kwabre South), Johnson Adu (Ahafo Ano South West), Francis Manu-Adabor (Ahafo Ano South-East), Suleman Sanid (Ahafo Ano North), Kojo Kum (Ahanta West), and Francisca Oteng (Kwabre East) are among those opting not to seek reelection.

The reasons behind their choice are unknown, with conjectures ranging from impending political retirements to seeking different career options or taking a vacation from the rigorous strain of legislative life.

Internal NPP dynamics or personal concerns may have also impacted their decision-making process.

The loss of these 18 MPs will surely have an impact on the NPP’s chances. It will be critical to fill these vacant seats and ensure a seamless transition of leadership within their ranks.

The departure of experienced and powerful members might erode the party’s position, prompting deliberate reform in advance of the 2019 elections.

NPP MPs willingly resign

Kyei Mensah Bonsu (Suame) Assumed Office 7 January 1997

2. Joe Osei Owusu (Bekwai) – Assumed office 7 January 2009

3. Atta Akyea (Abuakwa South) – Assumed office January 2009

4. Joe Ghartey (Essikado Ketan) – In office 7 January 2005

5. Ken Agyapong (Assin Central) – First elected in 2000 for Assin North and later in 2012 for Assin Central

6. Dan Botwe (Okere) – Assumed office 7 January 2009

7. Kwasi Amoako-Atta (Atiwa West) – Assumed office 19 October 2010

8. Dr. Kwaku Afriyie (Sefwi Wiaso) – Assumed office in February 2017

9. Emmanuel Marfo (Oforikrom) – Assumed office April 2017

10. Benito Owusu-Bio (Atwima Nwabiagya) – Assumed office 7 January 2005

11. Carlos Ahenkora (Tema West) – Assumed office 7 January 2017

12. Nana Kwasi Adjei Boateng (New Juabeng North) – Assumed office on 7 January 2013

13. William Owuraku Aidoo (Afigya Kwabre South) – Assumed office 7 January 2013

14. Johnson Adu (Ahafo Ano South West) – Assumed office 7 January 2013

15. Francis Manu-Adabor (Ahafo Ano South-East) Assumed office on 7 January 2013

16. Suleman Sanid (Ahafo Ano North) – Assumed office 7 January 2017

17. Kojo Kum (Ahanta West)- Assumed office 7 January 2017

18. Francisca Oteng (Kwabre East) – Assumed office 7 January 2017

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NDC NEC approves Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang as Mahama’s running mate

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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.

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.

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Egyapa Mercer and four others will be vetted today

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Vetting of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s newly nominated ministers, by Parliament’s Appointments Committee, is expected to commence today, March 5, 2024.

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.

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Akufo-Addo is a smart politician; he will consent to the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill – Foh Amoaning

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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."

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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