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Prof. Raymond Atuguba outlines 7 ways NPP will ‘break the eight’

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Prof. Raymond Atuguba

Dean of the University Of Ghana School Of Law, Professor Raymond Atuguba has outlined seven key points he describes as the reasons why the New Patriotic Party (NPP) wants to ‘break the eight’.

The Law Professor listed these points when he spoke on the theme: “Ghana at the Cross Roads” at the 4th Triennial Conference 2022 organised by the Ghana Studies Association in Tamale.

The Ghana Studies Association is an international affiliate of the African Studies Association which strives to provide a forum for cutting edge original research on Ghana’s society, culture, environment and history.

According to Prof. Atuguba, “Break the 8 has many more elements, even if stealing Election 2024 and installing a stooge is at the nerve center of it. The elements of the clannish edifice of Break the 8,” he outlined as follows:

1. First, a concerted attempt to obliterate or at least devalue, including in the basic Textbooks that we use to teach our children the history of our nation, the central role of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in the nationalist struggle and the early years of national reconstruction and his enduring legacy in Ghana, Africa and around the world, and to replace that with a very inadequate alternative, their Dr. J. B. Danquah-I will euphemistically call this project, “The Founders of the Nation Project”;

2. The Second Project, which they euphemistically call, “The Financial Clean-up Project”, involves the identification, discipline, emasculation, strangulation, and destruction of every source of financial power, other than theirs, at a scale and pace never seen in our democratic governance, so that in 2024, they would be able to financially determine the contestants and winners of the elections, in the monied democracy that we run;

3. Thirdly, the project involves the capture and buy-out of all other parties, and some elements of the major opposition party, again, with financial incentives at a scale never seen in the last 30 years, so that these parties and elements will be at least neutral, and at worse attack dogs of the opposition, and ready and willing to call the 2024 Election for the stooge;

4. Fourth, an insistence that at the micro, meso and of course the macro levels of the public services, there is unalloyed obeisance to the political leadership for good or for bad, extending to formal and informal attempts to replace anyone suspected of even the least disloyalty, dismally reflecting in the removal, for the first time in our political history of Vice-Chancellors of public universities, purely on suspicion of party-political disloyalty;

5. The fifth element of “Break the 8” involves the incubation of parallel security forces, some forcefully integrated into some regular forces, and some not, and the use of these guns for hire for all and any forms of physical violence; culminating, some have argued, in their deployment for Election 2024, against the backdrop of real or orchestrated evidence of terrorism and violent extremism, for the purpose of restricting freedoms, terrorizing the opposition and robbing the Election;

6. Significantly, project “break the 8” also involves the targeting of all critical national voices, including those in academia, media, civil society, and even faith-based organizations, either buying them out, that is, paying them for their silence, or hounding them using the instrument of state force such as the security services, the military and the police, and the instruments of the administrative state, such as the tax authorities and the regulatory authorities, and also aimed at ensuring their silence or support, when the call on Election 2024 is made on 8th December that year; and

7. Seventh and finally, a brazen urge to do whatever is necessary to achieve set goals, no matter the cost to human lives, to the national economy, and to institutions built over a century and a half, including the most extreme methods of removing an Electoral Commissioner from office on trumped up charges, the first in our democratic history, and the storming of a sitting court to free political operatives and apparatchiks, in order to send a very clear message that the agenda will be accomplished by hook or crook, fair or foul, even if it leaves no man or woman standing, and all this is mediated and spurred on by certain toxic masculinity that has taken aggressive capture of our politics.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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Hopeson Adorye granted GH¢20,000 bail

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Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a senior player in the Movement for Change, believes Adorye's detention was politically motivated.

The Dansoman court granted Hopeson Adorye, a senior activist in the Movement for Change, bail of GH¢20,000 with two sureties.

The ruling came after Adorye’s detention and subsequent court appearance on May 23, 2024.

Adorye was detained after making statements on an Accra-based radio station that has now gone viral, claiming that dynamite exploded in the Volta Region during the 2016 General Election.

Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a senior player in the Movement for Change, believes Adorye’s detention was politically motivated.

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Handcuffed Hopeson Adorye clashes with police

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The police apprehended him on Wednesday after he claimed to have ignited explosives in the Volta Region during the 2016 general elections. Mr. Adorye made the remark during a radio broadcast in Accra, and it has since gone viral. In an interview with Joy FM, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a former Member of Parliament for Adenta and current member of the Movement for Change, stated that the arrest is politically motivated.

Hopeson Adorye, a key member of the Movement for Change who has been detained, had a verbal altercation with a police officer as he was being led out of the police headquarters on Wednesday, May 22.

He attempted to talk with his lawyer, Ken Kuranchie while being put into a police car, but the officer interrupted and instructed him to proceed rapidly inside the car.

It was at this moment that he yelled to the police officer, “I’m talking to my lawyer, please, and you’re obstructing me. What is the significance of that? Are you the sole police officer?

The police apprehended him on Wednesday after he claimed to have ignited explosives in the Volta Region during the 2016 general elections.

Mr Adorye remarked during a radio broadcast in Accra, and it has since gone viral.

In an interview with Joy FM, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a former Member of Parliament for Adenta and current member of the Movement for Change, stated that the arrest is politically motivated.

He stated, “Hopeson Adorye is not about to flee Ghana or his house since the police aim to prosecute him with the dissemination of fake information.

“So, to go to the extent of keeping him all day in the police station and bringing him over to the Ministries to detain him, you point fingers backward at yourself that there is something political at play and it’s not fair,” he said.

“This is obviously politically motivated, there is no doubt about that,” he said.

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Buaben Asamoa claims Hopeson Adorye’s detention politically motivated

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He further alleged that he followed Mr. Adorye to the police headquarters, where he was requested to submit a statement and spent the entire day. However, about 6 p.m., they were informed that Mr. Adorye would be held until additional instructions from upstairs. Mr. Buaben Asamoa believes Adorye's detention is politically motivated, claiming that the police are awaiting orders from higher, hinting that the arrest is not simply a police decision. He also feels Adorye's detention is an attempt to intimidate the Movement for Change and quiet Adorye, who has been public about his views.

Yaw Buaben Asamoa, a member of the Movement for Change and former Member of Parliament for the Adentan seat, has suggested that Hopeson Adorye’s detention is politically motivated.

Police detained Hopeson Adorye, a major member of the Movement for Change, after he claimed to have exploded dynamites in the Volta Region during the 2016 General Elections.

Mr Adorye remarked during a radio broadcast in Accra, and it has since gone viral.

In an interview with Citi News, Mr. Buaben Asamoa said that Mr. Adorye was summoned to the police headquarters on Wednesday and thereafter held.

He further alleged that he followed Mr Adorye to the police headquarters, where he was requested to submit a statement and spent the entire day.

However, at about 6 p.m., they were informed that Mr. Adorye would be held until additional instructions from upstairs.

Mr Buaben Asamoa believes Adorye’s detention is politically motivated, claiming that the police are awaiting orders from higher, hinting that the arrest is not simply a police decision.

He also feels Adorye’s detention is an attempt to intimidate the Movement for Change and quiet Adorye, who has been public about his views.

“Because Hopson has been up and running, and some folks are feeling a bit tense and Jiffy about some of the things he has said. And this is the method of muscling him, attempting to scare the movement for change; it will not succeed. “I am convinced that it is politically motivated.”

Mr. Adorye is now in detention and scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. He has not yet been charged with a crime, but authorities are looking into the dissemination of incorrect information.

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