27 August 2005
Support The CPP At Odododiodoo -CPP
Ghana Must Take Stock At Odododiodoo And Support The CPPGhana has been an independent country for more than 48 years. 9 of those years since 1957 was under CPP rule, 20 years were under PNDC/NDC rule, 10 years was of other military rule and the current NPP administration is 4.5 years into its rule.
What must be fairly apparent to all Ghanaians now is that the bulk of Ghana’s development has been achieved under CPP rule – schools/universities , infrastructure development of motorways/roads, airports/harbours, hospitals/clinics, housing; factories/jobs, farms, placing women firmly at the heart of our national affairs with equal pay for equal work etc, youth empowerment.
Also apparent is that whether NDC or NPP rule, nothing seems to change – same level of corruption, deteriorating standards at schools and hospitals, less and less facilities, less and less jobs, more and more are leaving the country, ever rising cost of living with higher and higher utility bills and School fees, ever declining standard of living, greater and evermore greater hardship.
Ghana needs to take stock of where it is heading and what needs to be done. Ghana must return to the bosom of its founding parent the CPP, it is the only way to get back on track and halt the long years of neglect of ordinary people and their plight.
Ghana does not need to keep suffering year after year of NDC or NPP rule with nothing ever changing; we can pause now and boldly opt for a path back to CPP government.
Odododiodoo offers the country that chance.Of the candidates Shanco Bruce the CPP candidate is the only candidate with the vision and experience to adequately represent the people of the constituency.
The NPP insults the intelligence of the constituency with its choice of candidate who has little political experience or authority to fight for the constituency.
The NDC is ever complacent with the CPP seats that it now holds and believes it can put anyone in the seat and the electorate will vote for the person.The two parties must both be taught the lesson of people power and in the process the country can signal a bold change in direction, a change which would lead to CPP government.
Many now know and acknowledge that until Ghana returns a CPP government we will all continue to suffer endlessly, with no end in site for a better life.
Nii Armah. Akomfrah Chairman
26 August 2005
N/R CPP calls on Ododododioo to vote for Shanco-Bruce
Members and sympathizers of the Convention People's Party (CPP) in the Northern Region have called on the electorate in the Ododododioo constituency in the Greater Accra Region to vote massively for the CPP candidate, Mr Christian Shanco-Bruce in the bye-election to ensure rapid development of the community."Those of us in the Northern Region are much worried about the political development at Ododododioo and wish to caution the electorate to vote out the NDC and NPP candidates and rally round the CPP candidate to victory."
Mr Albert Atutiga, acting Northern Regional Chairman of the CPP, who made the call in an interview with the GNA in Tamale on Thursday, said the actions of the NDC and NPP had raised the political temperature in the constituency, creating fear and panic among the people. He, therefore, appealed to the leadership of the two political parties not to do anything to disturb the peace in the area in particular and the country as a whole.
Mr Atutiga said the Ododododioo constituency had been a CPP seat and called on the electorate "to go back to their roots, because you will be doing good to yourselves if you vote for the CPP candidate. He said Mr Shanco-Bruce is a matured and experienced politician, who would have much influence in Parliament and bring the people together to pool their resources to develop the constituency in unity and harmony.The Acting CPP Regional Chairman extended good wishes of the people of the Northern Region to the Ododododioo electorate and urged them "to vote wisely" on August 30.
23 August 2005
Vote for CPP Candidate - Boateng
Kumasi, Aug 23, GNA -
Mr Kwame Apaiah Boateng, a member of the Convention People's Party (CPP), has appealed to the people of the Odododiodoo constituency to vote for the CPP candidate in the August 30 by-election.
He said a victory for Mr Christian Shanko Bruce could alter Ghana's political road map and serve as a catalyst for a CPP victory in 2008. In a statement issued in Kumasi on Monday, Mr Boateng said Ghana needed a new breed of political leaders after the failure of both the NDC and NPP in the governance of the nation.
Mr Boateng urged the electorate in the constituency to express support for the CPP in the bye-election.
21 August 2005
CPP decries self- inflicted injuries from party loyalists
Accra, Aug. 20, GNA-
Mr Ibrahim Alabira, acting Northern Regional Chairman of the Convention People's Party (CPP), at the weekend criticised dissidents within the party for running down the Nkrumahists front.
He said efforts by the internal critics or self-styled CPP's to ridicule the party publicly was not only a selfish act but also promoted the perception that, "there is no comradeship in the party".
Mr Alabira, who was speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra, threw his weight behind the merger talks between the CPP and the People's National Convention, saying, " Unity will bring a kind of momentum that will propel Nkrumahists on".
He said a meeting with the Tamale North; Tamale South and Tamale Central constituency executives revealed that the rank and file of party members and supporters were excited about the prospects of unity. Mr Alabira said the meeting discussed the way forward in the reorganisation of the CPP.
He said members expressed the need for the National Executive Council of the CPP to meet and set a timetable for regional and national congresses.Mr Alabira admitted that the meeting was long overdue.
20 Aug. 05
20 August 2005
Hotel Kufuor: CPP, NRP, GCPP Join In
Hotel Kufuor: CPP, NRP, GCPP Join In…But say they await CHRAJ
Three political parties in the country, namely the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the National Reform Party (NRP), and the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), have all expressed support for the preliminary investigations being conducted by the Commission on Human Rights and administrative Justice (CHRAJ) into the ‘Hotel Kufuor’ affair, and hope the outcome will put the matter to rest.
The General Secretary of the CPP, Professor Nii Noi Dowuona, General Secretary of the NRP, Mr. Kyeretwie Opoku, and the Leader of the GCPP, Mr. Dan Lartey, disclosed this in separate interviews with The Chronicle early this the week.
According to Prof. Dowuona, the General secretary of the CPP, which is in unity talks with another Nkrumaist party, the People’s National Convention (PNC), the controversial issue over the purchase and ownership of the hotel next to President Kufuor’s private residence does not enhance the image of the presidency.
According to him, series of questions and doubts have been raised about the President’s morality, which obviously makes the issue more important, since his occupation of the seat should at all times attach an element of decency.
This, he said, therefore raises the need to do whatever is possible to clear the name of the President, since the position he occupies as the chief executive of this country commands a lot of respect.
He noted that if anything should be done about the situation, it would be prudent that an independent body or committee be tasked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the purchase of the hotel, stressing that this would lead to removing doubts about the ownership of the hotel.
Prof. Dowuona said this could be the only way by which the President’s guilt or innocence might be proved beyond all reasonable doubt.
He, however, blamed government for failing to do enough checks on the woman at the center of controversy, Giselle Yazji, before engaging her services, stressing that if proper checks were done to find out the persona Giselle Yazji, probably the President would have been spared all this embarrassment.
If the speculations made, which have raged on for the past two months turn out to be true, he indicated that it would amount to an abuse of office.
Prof. Dowuona noted that the CPP, as a party, does not in any way intend to make capital out of the issue, since CHRAJ, which has instituted preliminary investigations into the issue, has not come out with its report.
According to the Professor, it would also amount to a breach of the very constitution that the President swore an oath to uphold and defend, if he was indeed part of the transaction or the owner of the facility, because the Constitution, obviously bars him from doing so.
The Professor also finds it disappointing that the President does not stay at the Castle after renovating it at a heavy cost with taxpayers money, but rather chose to live in his private residence, under the pretext that the place was too small for him and his family.
The General Secretary of the NRP (National Reform Party), Mr. Kyeretwie Opoku, has also indicated that his party is patiently waiting for CHRAJ to come out with its findings, before it comes out with a concrete statement on the issue, since according to him it would be premature to be pre-judgmental to comment on an issue before a statutory body.
For him, however, morality is not the issue, since the Constitution does not bar the President from engaging in an extra-marital affair.
This, he said, was because every individual had the right to live a private and suitable life provided his conscience serves him right.
He noted that if for a reason or two CHRAJ realizes there is some iota of truth or significance in the statements made so far by the lady at the center of the controversy, it would be prudent to fly her into the country.
But if there is no substantive evidence, she would produce, she should come on her own as she has promised to.
On his part, old Uncle Dan Lartey, of ‘Domestication’ fame, noted that in as much as CHRAJ had expressed interest in doing preliminary investigations to ascertain the level of truth or otherwise of the allegations, it would be good for each and every individual who claims to have evidence to produce it to facilitate an easy process.
In as much as he does not believe, as a state institution it is self-regulatory, he expressed belief that at the end of the investigation it would provide nothing but the truth to vindicate the weird perception being held about the institution.
According to him, for now, it would therefore be premature for any individual to associate the President with the deal, notwithstanding the level of allegations.
19 August 2005
CPP Youth Call For Renaming Of Public Places
CPP youth call for renaming of public places Kumasi, Aug. 19, GNA -
The Ashanti Regional Youth League of the Convention People's Party (CPP) has called on the government to rename all important national and public edifices after illustrious sons and daughters of the country who had worked hard to achieve international reputation.
According to the youth, such a measure would boost the image of the country and help attract tourists into the country to increase national revenue.
In a statement issued in Kumasi on Thursday and signed by Mr Akwasi Bosompem Boateng, Ashanti regional youth secretary of the party, the youth reiterated the call on the government to rename the Kotoka International Airport after Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana.
The statement said Ghana could emulate some African countries such as South Africa and Kenya, which had used the names of their international heroes to attract tourists into their countries and thereby boosting the tourism sector.
It called for the naming of the proposed Kumasi International Airport after Mr Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General and the Asafo interchange, which is currently under construction after Otumfuo Osei Tutu 11 to "reflect a dynamic origin and centre of a rich African cultural royal heritage and unity."
The statement also called on the government to institute measures to improve conditions at the country's prisons to enhance the dignity of prisoners.
15 August 2005
CPP Meets To Discuss Final Merger With PNC
The central committee of the Convention People's Party (CPP) is expected to meet at the end of this month to discuss the final details of a merger proposal between the CPP and the People's National Convention (PNC).
Talks between the CPP and PNC began after the 2004 Elections following calls for all Nkrumahists to unite. The PNC's top hierarchy and other functional units agree to the proposal and will submit it to their congress soon. But the CPP's high-ranking officials have yet to adopt the proposal. The party's General secretary, Professor Nii Noi Dowuona told newsmen that all indications suggest the merger is not in doubt.
"At the end of it all is the congress but unity is about how you begin to work together and you saw that on Saturday we held our rally to introduce our candidate at Odododiodio and the PNC vice president Alhaji Ramadan was there.... The constituency was actively involved in the campaign and this is the process that we are looking at. But the crucial thing is about how you work together and then commit to identify yourself under one banner. That is what is important and that is what he has already begun doing," he said.
Some rank and file of the CPP have protested aspects of a new draft constitution, which is being developed in line with the merger. Professor Dowuona says the executive committee will take all outstanding issues on board. "We shall go to that forum and the forum has a broader representation and people can discuss the matter. I believe any sentiments that are expressed by the members of the CPP will not undermine the unity process because they make genuine concerns.
And that is a wake up call for us to discuss the matter in a democratic manner and whatever comes out from our master executives meeting will enable us to have further unity talks," he said.
Source: GHP 15th August 2005
09 August 2005
PNC MP calls on Nkrumaist to come together
Bolgatanga, Aug 08, GNA -
Mr David Apasera, the People's National Convention Party (PNC) MP for Bolgatanga Central has stressed the need for all Nkrumaists to come together to capture power in 2008. ''The philosophy of the Nkrumaists is to improve upon the general welfare of the poor. It is the only party that can redeem Ghanaians from their current economic woes.''
Speaking to the GNA at Bolgatanga on Sunday, Mr Apasera expressed optimism that a united Nkrumaists front can convincingly win the 2008 general election.
He expressed regret that the average Ghanaian cannot afford three square meals a day and attributed this to the inappropriate and bad policies of the NPP administration.
Mr Apasera said whereas majority of the citizens were suffering under the difficulties created by the government, only a few wealthy people are enjoying and appealed to Ghanaians to vote massively for the Nkrumaist when they merge to capture power in 2008.
Mr Apasera, who is also a member of the ECOWAS Parliamentary Committee in-charge of Transport and Communications, said when the Nkrumaists come to power they would concentrate on improving agriculture.
He said this would be done through subsidies on inputs to enable farmers to embark on large-scale cultivation. Under an Nkrumaists government, Mr Apasera said, more irrigation dams would be constructed, especially in the three northern regions to boost all year round farming.'
'This will create employment for the youth and prevent them from migrating to the urban centres in search of non-existent jobs.''''An Nkrumaists government in 2008 will revamp the defunct Pwalugu Tomato and Zuarungu Meat factories in the Upper East Region,'' he said.
03 August 2005
Akufo-Addo - NPP’s Prez Candidate For 2008?
There are very strong indications that Nana Akufo-Addo, the foreign Minister will end up as the New Patriotic Party's presidential candidate for the 2008 elections. Party insiders say that there is nobody in the struggle for leadership who matches Nana Addo's credentials.
Mr. Victor Newmann, an accomplished strategist of the NPP compares Nana Addo to Mr. Gordon Brown of the Labour Party of the U.K. In a widely publicized memo, Mr. Newmann did not show any bashfulness in declaring Nana Addo as the lieu apparent. Nana Addo's history is impressive. As a young man in the University of Ghana, Nana Akuffo Addo became an activist of the Convention People's Party (CPP), and a loud advocate of socialism. This was in spite of the fact that this father was clothed in a neo-colonial garb and was a passionate advocate of right wing democracy. For some unexplained reasons Nana Addo abandoned the Nkrumaist tradition after the February 1966 coup which overthrew the Convention People's Party (CPP).
He however retained his radicalism largely as a result of his contacts with French and English radicals in the 1970s. Nana Addo is or was politically close to Professor John Evans Atta Mills, the NDC presidential candidate for the 2000 and 2004 elections. Captain Kojo Tsikata, former head of national security, Dr. Modibo Ocran, now a Supreme Court judge and Mr. Agyei Sekyi, editor of the Ghanaian Post. Nana Addo has actively participated in the struggles of the people of Ghana for democracy and social progress.
In the late 1970s, Nana Addo became one of the founders of the People's Movement for Freedom and Justice (MFJ) along with people like Professor Albert Adu Boahene, Mr. K.S.P. Jantuah, Mr. Komla Agbeli Gbedemah, Mr. Johnny F.S. Hansen and Lt. General Akwasi Amankwa Afrifa. It was the struggles waged by this movement and professional bodies, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and a section of trades union which led to the military revolt of June 4, 1979.Nana Akufo-Addo joined hands with Mr. Harry Sawyer, now of the NDC, Professor Adu Boahen, Mr. Peter Ala Adjetey, who became chairman of the NPP and others to found the United National Convention (UNC) under the leadership of Mr. William Ofori-Atta.Some NPP analysts blame the emergence of the UNC for the failure of the Popular Front Party (PFP) led by Mr. Victor Owusu to capture power in 1979.
Nana Addo was silent in the early days of the PNDC dictatorship and he did not join the Movement for Freedom and Justice (MFJ) chaired by his mentor, Professor Adu Boahene. He contested for the presidential candidature of the NPP and lost. In 1995, Nana Akufo-Addo joined Kwesi Pratt Jnr, Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe, Victor Newmann, Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey, Akoto Ampaw and Kweku Baako to establish the Alliance For Change (AFC), which campaigned against the introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT). When President J.A. Kufuor assumed office in 2001, Nana Akufo-Addo was appointed as Attorney General and minister of justice. Admittedly, his performance as Attorney-General and Minister of Justice was below standard as he was whipped by Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata in a suit filed at the Supreme Court and in a case which had been brought up at the high court in Accra.
Nana was eventually sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affair as minister and reports indicate that he is doing well. It is held in party circles that apart from Nana Addo, the other favourite is Mr. Yaw Osafo Maafo, Now Minister of Education and Sports.
Source: The Insight