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Nana Oye criticises Akufo-Addo’s handling of Cecilia Dapaah’s resignation

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Nana Oye criticises Akufo-Addo's handling of Cecilia Dapaah's resignation

Former Gender Minister, Nana Oye Bampoe Addo, has slammed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over the substance of a letter sent by the first gentleman of the country to accept Cecilia Abena Dapaah’s resignation from the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources portfolio.

She made the remarks during a press conference on Monday during the 11th-anniversary celebration of the late President John Evans Atta Mills at Accra’s Asomdwee Park.

She also requested that President Nana Akufo-Addo reveal the source of the former Sanitation Minister’s riches to Ghanaians.

“It is a dark mark on the leadership of President Akufo-Addo. I found the president’s acceptance letter of Cecilia Dapaah very disappointing, to say the least. It’s been almost a week and I haven’t seen any action by him. The President’s letter is very regrettable. The earlier he says something the better, Ghanaians are watching. Look at the corruption. The money is very huge.”

“Ghana has become a mockery. It’s a very sad thing for Ghana, for a cabinet minister to report fearlessly her huge money has been stolen. Why has the President not said anything? We as citizens of Ghana are demanding that you summon Cecilia Dapaah and question where she got her money”.

Nii Lante Vanderpuije, Member of Parliament for Odododiodio Constituency, also urged President Akufo-Addo to step back and enable anti-corruption institutions to handle Madam Dapaah’s issue.

“I’m not surprised this has happened, the magnitude of this is unbelievable. We will just wait and see what will come out of this case. The best thing the president will do is to stay off and allow the Office of the Special Prosecutor and other anti-corruption agencies to do their work,” he opined.

He encouraged government spokespersons to stop rationalising the issue.

“The more they try to explain, the more foolish they become in the eyes of Ghanaians and the public. Those trying to explain are becoming a laughingstock, the excuses given are laughable. They should just apologise and ask Ghanaians for forgiveness,” he advised.

On Saturday, July 22, 2023, Madam Dapaah announced her resignation. Her resignation came when it was revealed that her housekeepers stole large sums of international and local currency from her Accra apartment.

At the moment, two housekeepers, Patience Botwe, 18, and Sarah Agyei, 30, are facing charges in an Accra Circuit Court for their alleged involvement in the crime.

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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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John Mahama retains Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as running mate

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The party's NEC and Council of Elders are set to discuss on Mr Mahama's pick for running mate, but a high-level source has revealed to JoyNews that the former president would propose Prof Opoku-Agyemang to run with him in the 2024 general elections. Speaking with JoyNews' Parliamentary correspondent, some MPs indicated support for Prof Opoku-Agyemang's candidature to run alongside Mr Mahama in the December general elections. Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, the NDC MP for Tamale Central, stated, "I believe all of the candidates you've listed are more capable than Dr Bawumia, but I don't think it makes any sense to change the running partner we employed in the 2020 elections.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, has chosen Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as his running partner for the 2024 presidential election.

According to JoyNews sources, potential running mates include former Chief of Staff Julius Debrah, former Kumasi Mayor Kojo Bonsu, NDC Member of Parliament for Korle Klottey seat Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings, and Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang.

John Mahama has submitted names for review by the party’s National Executive Committee and Council of Elders.

The party’s NEC and Council of Elders are set to discuss Mr Mahama’s pick for running mate, but a high-level source has revealed to JoyNews that the former president would propose Prof Opoku-Agyemang to run with him in the 2024 general elections.

Speaking with JoyNews’ Parliamentary correspondent, some MPs indicated support for Prof Opoku-Agyemang’s candidature to run alongside Mr Mahama in the December general elections.

Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, the NDC MP for Tamale Central, stated, “I believe all of the candidates you’ve listed are more capable than Dr Bawumia, but I don’t think it makes any sense to change the running partner we employed in the 2020 elections.

He stated unequivocally that Prof Naana Jane’s running mateship was having an impact, and that replacing her would not make political sense.

“I don’t believe there will be any changes. I’ll be surprised if anything changes, and the only way that might happen is if Prof Naana announces she’s no longer willing to run,” he told Kwaku Asante.

On her side, Deputy Minority Whip Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah supported Prof Opoku-Agyemang’s running mate position.

She said, “Why should it be another name? She has been a supporter even before becoming well-known. People were rallying behind them, and she was one of them.”

Mrs Cudjoe-Ghansah noted that it is time for women to lead, underlining that it begins with the vice president role.

“I feel that choosing a female running mate demonstrates a commitment to gender equality and involvement in leadership. John Mahama has succeeded before, and he intends to do it again.

“We couldn’t get the general elections because of one or two reasons and this time, he’s going to name her again and have the first female vice president for Ghana,” she went on to say.

Joseph Kwame Kumah, the NDC MP for Kintampo North, also supported the proposal to keep Prof Opoku-Agyemang as his running partner.

“I am a gender activist, and I am extremely sensitive about gender. For me, our mother, Naana Jane, did an excellent job.”

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Bawumia to win 2024 election with over 50% votes – Dan Botwe predicts

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Speaking to media in Accra on Wednesday, February 28, Botwe expressed confidence in the NPP's capacity to break the eight-year election cycle and emerge victorious. He emphasises the party's commitment to making meticulous efforts to achieve its goals, which include gaining a majority of the 275 parliamentary seats. "We will work hard to achieve our objectives." And we will win the majority of Parliament's 275 members, as well as more than 50% of the presidential election." Dr. Bawumia, after meeting with his campaign and manifesto teams, expressed confidence in his chances of winning the December election.

Dan Botwe, the Campaign Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), expressed confidence in Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s chances of success in the impending December elections.

According to the seasoned politician, Dr Bawumia will receive at least 50% of the votes necessary to capture the presidency.

Mr Botwe highlighted the NPP’s willingness to take power and win a majority vote in both the legislative and presidential elections set for later this year.

Speaking to media in Accra on Wednesday, February 28, Botwe expressed confidence in the NPP’s capacity to break the eight-year election cycle and emerge victorious.

He emphasises the party’s commitment to making meticulous efforts to achieve its goals, which include gaining a majority of the 275 parliamentary seats.

“We will work hard to achieve our objectives.” And we will win the majority of Parliament’s 275 members, as well as more than 50% of the presidential election.”

Dr Bawumia, after meeting with his campaign and manifesto teams, expressed confidence in his chances of winning the December election.

He said that the NPP had a better performance track record than the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“We have the vision, we have the record, and that is quite obvious in the president’s thrilling State of the Union address.

“As I listened to the president, it became evident that we surpassed the NDC government in every single field. I don’t identify a single sector where they outperformed us.”

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