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Ghana’s Funds can be used better – Akuffo Addo

I will slap Ayariga for insulting Nana Addo – Kennedy Agyapong 

I will open more fire on Nana Addo – Ayariga

Tribalism, religious sentients cause of election year-Lecturer 

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I will slap Ayariga for insulting Nana Addo – Kennedy Agyapong 

The Assin Central New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament, Mr Kennedy Agyapong has threatened to slap Mr Hassan Ayariga of the All People’s Congress (APC) for questioning Nana Akufo-Addo’s continuous stay in his father’s house at Nima in Accra.

The flagbearer of the APC had chastised Nana Akufo-Addo, claiming the 72-year-old still lives in his father’s house in spite of his age. According to Mr Ayariga, Nana Addo at the age of 72 should be thinking of retiring from active politics and moving away from his father’s house.

“I made my first $1million at the age of 24 without working with any government. I have never been in a government position; I have never worked as a Minister for you to say I have stolen government money. I built my first house at the age of 22…; at age 72, my senior and my father, Nana Akufo-Addo, is still living in his father’s house. At this age 72, I would have retired from politics and been advising young men of this country to move this country forward and not contest with them anymore,” Ayariga said on Accra-based Class FM.

He also argued that Nana Akufo-Addo and the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) flag bearer, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom have contributed to the hardship in the country.

But in a response in a radio discussion programme on Asempa FM, Mr Agyapong said he did not want to be provoked but if Ayariga were to be close to him, he would have slapped him in the face. Mr Agyapong alleged that Ayariga, a ‘pizza seller’, has been collecting monies from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and that his [Ayariga] organiser/secretary have told him [Agyapong] he collected money from the NDC and faked a cough during the 2012 IEA presidential debate to disturb Nana Addo.

  • I will open more fire on Nana Addo – Ayariga

All People’s Congress (APC) flagbearer, Hassan Ayariga says he will open more fire on the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo who he believes is not qualified to be elected the President of the country. 

Ayariga who is noted for making Nana Akufo-Addo his main target during national electioneering campaigns said on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Programme that, he has more arsenals he would be throwing at the septuagenarian before the December polls and hence called on the NPP leader and his supporters to get ready for him. 

“We are doing politics and I have my way of doing my politics…my campaign is going to focus on everyone, if you cross my line, it’s not going to be easy…,” he said in reaction to claims by NPP MP for Assin Central, Ken Agyapong that he is unworthy of the presidency.

  • Ghana’s Funds can be used better – Akuffo Addo

The flag bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has vowed to make life comfortable for the ordinary Ghanaian if he wins the 2016 Elections. 

In a feature in the Financial Times of London titled, “Ghana’s opposition leader taps into the thirst for change,” Nana Addo is quoted on a campaign tour in Saboba, northern region as saying that this “is not a poor country… [my government will look] after Ghana and not after our own pockets”. 

“Funds can be used better and we will put fiscal discipline at the heart of economic policy,” Nana Akufo-Addo also reportedly told the Financial Times. 

Besides his promise of good fiscal management of the nation’s resources, Nana Addo also pledged factories, dams and large cash transfers to every constituency; couched in his campaign mantra as “1 factory, 1 district”.

But the ruling NDC’s deputy general secretary Koku Anyidoho, is also quoted in the same report as rebutting Nana Addo’s promises, claiming they are unrealistic. “They make their promises but do not give any practical steps by which they intend to implement them,” the NDC’s deputy general secretary said. 

Nana lashed out at incumbent NDC that, last year it was forced to turn to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for almost-$1bn bailout, resulting in over dependence on the volatile commodity prices; when the Mahama-led NDC had inherited Ghana as a star performer: one of Africa’s most stable democracies and among its fastest growing economies. A growth which emanated from offshore oil production in 2010 and high prices for exports of gold and cocoa. 

Consequently, the popular belief that Ghana’s booming economy at the time will boost the fortunes of the nation, was unrealized as economic growth sunk from 8 per cent in 2012 to 4 per cent last year, while debt service costs – the second biggest item in the budget after public sector wages soared.

  • Tribalism, religious sentiments cause of election year tension – Lecturer
  • A senior Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana says tribal and religious comments made by political parties on their campaign trails are the cause of repeated election year tension in the country. 


Dr Alidu Seidu says the election year tension is worrying and urged political parties to conduct their campaigns free from tribal and religious sentiments. 

“We have to take it seriously and discourage political parties from using identity labels to recruit and mobilize their support base. They have to campaign on their ideologies,” he said. 

Speaking at a joint United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and National Media Commission (NMC) training workshop held for a section of journalists in the Eastern region, he said political parties in advanced democracies across the world campaign on issues and ideologies and Ghana could do same. 

The Electoral Commission (EC) has identified 81 constituencies out of the 275 which it said are possible violent-prone areas with 70 days to the December 7 elections. 

EC boss Mrs Charlotte Osei had said the Commission is liaising with the Ghana Police Service to map out strategies to safeguard the integrity of the election by adequately intensifying security in those constituencies.

A senior Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana says tribal and religious comments made by political parties on their campaign trails are the cause of repeated election year tension in the country. 

Dr Alidu Seidu says the election year tension is worrying and urged political parties to conduct their campaigns free from tribal and religious sentiments. 

“We have to take it seriously and discourage political parties from using identity labels to recruit and mobilize their support base. They have to campaign on their ideologies,” he said. 

Speaking at a joint United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and National Media Commission (NMC) training workshop held for a section of journalists in the Eastern region, he said political parties in advanced democracies across the world campaign on issues and ideologies and Ghana could do same. 

The Electoral Commission (EC) has identified 81 constituencies out of the 275 which it said are possible violent-prone areas with 70 days to the December 7 elections. 

EC boss Mrs Charlotte Osei had said the Commission is liaising with the Ghana Police Service to map out strategies to safeguard the integrity of the election by adequately intensifying security in those constituencies.

Source: ghanaweb.com

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