<![CDATA[Ghana Election 2020 - Election 2020 News]]>Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:58:33 -0100Weebly<![CDATA[Mahama is spiritually and physically capable of leading NDC - Muniru-Limuna]]>Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:46:45 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/04/mahama-is-spiritually-and-physically-capable-of-leading-ndc-muniru-limuna.html Source: yen. com. gh - Alhaji Mohammed Muniru-Limuna, a former Northern Regional Minister has said that former president John Mahama is still the only obvious choice for the National Democratic Congress in 2020. 
Speaking in an interview with Mynewsgh. com, the former regional campaign coordinator for John Mahama said, “He is the one who is spiritually and physically capable to lead the party to victory in 2020. It is either John Mahama or no one else. My prayer however is that he should accept to go as our candidate in 2020 despite claims by his family he will not run again." 

According to him, as per the constitution, the John Mahama is still eligible to run for a second term as president of Ghana. 

Alhaji Limuna noted that Mahama's administration was instrumental in developing the country, even though Ghanaians apparently have not expressed their gratitude to him. He noted that the former president's comeback in 2020 will require a boost in campaigns. 

He also indicated that the defeat of the NDC could be traced to the youth of the party losing confidence in the leadership, which led to their failure to vote for the NDC. 

“There were certain things we overlooked that cost us. There was disconnect from the top and the ground and the youth were a bit aggrieved and we needed to pay special attention to them. I commissioned someone to do a research and it proved that they were very angry and likely not to vote for us. I shared the report with other people but they did not give me the hearing," he said.

He further stated that the citizenry's desire for a change of political ideals leading the country may have influenced the electorate's decisions. 

He stated, “It has now been put in the minds of Ghanaians that every government has a maximum of 8 years not because of what the government of the day can do for the people. All the good things and the struggling we did, they were not moved. All they wanted was change and you know God works in several ways and as a believer of faith there are reasons God does certain things." 

Alhaji Limuna therefore urged the party's leadership to desist from the blame games and work on reuniting the broken branches of the party to ensure a strong comeback in the next election period.

<![CDATA[NDC needs a fresh face for victory in 2020 – Lawyer]]>Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:45:17 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/04/april-17th-2017.html Source: Class FM Online - The loss of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 elections was not only a defeat but a rejection, hence the party needs a new leader for successive elections, private legal practitioner Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo has stated.
Mr Addo, a staunch supporter of the NDC, was of the view that former President John Mahama, despite his infrastructural projects across the country, was rejected so a different flag bearer must be elected for the 2020 elections.

For him, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah is the right candidate to lead the party into the 2020 elections.

“I have declared my support for Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah. I think he has the qualities to lead. He has not declared his intention yet, but I have openly advocated a change. He (former President Mahama) has done what he can do,” he told Umaru Sandah on Citi FM’s The Big Issue on Saturday, April 15.

Mr Mahama, who met with former government appointees under his administration, recently refuted criticisms that inexperienced individuals in government are to blame for the party’s defeat.

But the lawyer insisted “there is a difference between the government and the party (NDC)”, hence young people who are in government may not necessarily be effective in planning and executing strategies to win an election.

Mr Samoa was of the view that an election is a different terrain which needs experienced people to guide the president and execute winning strategies, but such personnel were absent in the NDC’s campaign team prior to the 2016 elections.

“The party and the party structure were complaining that the persons who have surrounded the former president were not experienced enough, were not politically savvy enough to be able to drive and win an election,” he said.

He pointed out that there “are things that you can only learn by experience, you may have the best capabilities, but there are certain tricks and capabilities that need a certain level of political maturity” and the ex-president should have been able to separate the government from the party.

Mr Samoah indicated that there are lessons that the NDC would have to learn from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in order to win future elections.

“They (the NPP) made a distinction between the party and the government. The party is always supreme, so when Nana Addo wants to do something he brings it to the party for approval because there is a reason for that,” he added.

Mr Samoa also condemned the practice of having party leadership as part of the executive arm of government because they become “compromised” and are unable to constructively criticise the president.

He stated: “They can’t look the man in the face and tell him that ‘Sir, what you are doing is wrong.’”

He revealed that some of the NDC members who were part of the legislature were board members of some state bodies with “perks that come with being in government…how then do you look in the face of the president and tell him that [with the issue of] bus branding, ‘you need to prosecute these people because it is killing the image of the party’”.

Mr Samoa said he would advocate that party leaders desist from having positions in government when the party wins power in the future.

“If you want to serve the party, serve in the party and if you want to serve in government, go and be part of government,” he concluded.

He emphasised that many things went wrong which led to the party’s loss and “it is only people beyond his immediate circle who can sit him down and tell him”.

However, “if he continues to defend and listen to those people [in his circle], he will find it difficult to win any national election in this country”.

Using former President Jerry John Rawlings as an example, Mr Samoa said: “There were people in Rawlings’ government who were able to tell him…there were people like General Quainoo and the rest who were able to redirect President Rawlings when he came in the ’80s.

“He was the hardcore Castro-like person who wanted to send Ghana to the Cuba kind of revolution, but there were certain people like Kojo Tsikata and others who were able to persuade him and changed his orientation to accept Western economic programmes.”

<![CDATA[Alban Bagbin for president in 2020?]]>Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:37:50 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/04/alban-bagbin-for-president-in-2020.html Source: yen. com. gh - The second deputy speaker of parliament, Alban Bagbin, appears to be throwing his hat into the ring for the 2020 presidential election. 

Before that, the member of parliament for Nadowli West will first have to contest the presidential primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). 
And Bagbin is giving indication that he may well contest that election. 

In a interaction with the media in the Upper West Region, the 59-year-old said people should not be surprised if he decided to contest. 

According to him, it has been a life-long dream for him to be president. 

“Won’t you be happy if I contest,” he responded to a question that sought his interest in the position. 

“But for me, if you even ask my teacher M.A Seidu he will tell you that my dream from childhood has been to become a president, so people won’t be surprised, but you will be happy to see me contest the presidency," he added.

<![CDATA[Mahama can’t be guaranteed 2020 flagbearership – NDC]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:33:03 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/03/mahama-cant-be-guaranteed-2020-flagbearership-ndc.html Source: 3news. com - The Ashanti Region branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it cannot guarantee the party’s leadership slot for the former president, John Mahama, come 2020. 
The regional branch says so many things can change from now to the time the party will go to primaries to elect a flagbearer. So, it will be premature for the party to conclude that it will go with the former president as its flagbearer, the branch said. NDC’s regional First Vice Chairman Alex Attivor Sawyer expressed the sentiments on Onua FM’s Ghana Dadwene on Tuesday, March 28. 

The show was looking at the restructuring of the NDC in the Region after the humiliating defeat in the 2016 elections. Mr. Attivor Sawyer said the NDC has so many people to contest President Mahama in 2020 “so we shall look at their political pedigree” when the time comes.

The Vice Chairman explained that “it can help us in 2020 if we present him [former President Mahama] because he did well in some parts but uniting the party I can’t guarantee that”. 

Asked whether Former President Mahama knew the challenges in the party when they were going into the 2016 elections, Mr. Sawyer opined that “he is the leader of the party and he must be aware of the problems in the party”. 

Blame The NDC Chairman blamed the former President and all the executives for last year’s defeat. “The former President and all the executives must be blamed but some people must be blamed more depending on where you are. From the presidency to national to region to constituency to wards, we are all to be blamed because whenever there was an issue, there was no one to solve the issue. 

They were all busy and how to talk to members were even bad,” the peeved Chairman said. He added that “because of the attitudes of our executives, some people decided not vote for the NDC. Some did not go to vote at all and that led to the defeat”. Regional campaign team Mr. Sawyer noted that the regional campaign team was formed without those who had experience, adding that “the campaign coordinator who was the deputy minister was not seen. 

He did not know how the party works and how the campaign team was formed was bad”. “They were calling their favorites into the team while those who know the party issues and can do the job were not involved. “I don’t know why some people think the regional executives should not form the campaign team because I, as the vice chairman, was not part. 

Mr Sawyer says he felt they thought there will be some huge money at their disposal. Alleged money squandering Mr. Sawyer alleged that the national office gave all the ten regional branches some funds to run the campaign but those on the grounds did not receive any money. 

“It went to the whole country but we did not receive anything until the day before the elections that the Regional Chairman took some money to Mampong and called some DCEs and gave them some funds. “He gave 17 out of the 47 constituencies and the rest is nowhere to be found,” the Vice Chairman alleged.

<![CDATA[Nkrumah founded Ghana – Mahama]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:40:24 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/03/nkrumah-founded-ghana-mahama.html Source: starrfmonline. com - The former President, John Dramani Mahama has waded into the controversial debate of whether Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is the founder of Ghana.

According to the former President, Nkrumah’s struggle to attain Independence for Ghana cannot be erased stating that Nkrumah is to Ghana as Jesus Christ is to Christianity.
The former President made the comments when he responded to a question during the first reading session of his book “My First Coup D’etat” at the University of Ghana on Tuesday.

“Certainly, one thing we can’t run away from is that, he [Nkrumah] is the founder of our nation. He led the independence struggle. Many people contributed and it happens; in Christianity, there is John the Baptist, there are all the apostles, but who is the champion of Christianity, Jesus Christ.”

Mr. Mahama added; “We don’t undermine the role other people played…but you cannot recognize all those who took part.

There is that person who gave the critical spark that eventually led to independence. And you cannot run away from the fact that it is Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

“I believe that one of the things he tried to do was to build the infrastructure of this country and use it as a platform to industralise the country. I believe his vision was far ahead of the country itself and most of us didn’t understand what he was trying to do. But today when we look back, we can see what he was trying to make of this country.

The debate was started after a speech delivered at Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary parade by President Akufo-Addo came under immense scrutiny after some Ghanaians said the president attempted to downplay the impact of Nkrumah’s contribution towards Ghana’s independence and skew history in favour of his father, Edward Akufo Addo and uncle, J.B Danquah who played vital roles in Ghana’s journey towards independence.

<![CDATA[Sylvester Mensah for 2020 posters pop up]]>Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:43:01 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/01/sylvester-mensah-for-2020-posters-pop-up.html It is unclear whether the former NHIA boss is indeed considering the flagbearership position of NDC
Election 20120 Ghana Elections 20120, Posters of Sylvester Mensah
Source: classfmonline. com - Posters of Sylvester Mensah have popped up announcing him as the preferred choice of presidential candidate for the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for 2020.

The posters, which bear his photo has the inscription, “Sylvester Mensah, our hope for years to come.”

It also describes the former National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) CEO as “our choice for president 2020.”

It is not clear yet where the posters are coming from, but it is worth recalling that on 7 January 2016, the NDC’s La Dade Kotopon Communication Director, Lawrence Lamptey, hinted
at Mr Mensah’s future presidential ambition during the heat of his arrest and detention by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for alleged financial malfeasance during his tenure at the NHIS. 
“Mr Sylvester Mensah is a young promising man… he might be thinking of being President…we believe he has a future and his image shouldn’t be dented,” Mr Lamptey told Ekow Mensah Shalders on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Friday, 7 January when he condemned the former MP’s arrest.

“He has a political future of course… he has been an MP before, he has served in different capacities in the party and other levels, he has also served in government, he is still serving in government, so, he is still young, youthful, and active. He will still be aspiring for bigger positions; definitely, so, if he is eyeing a presidential position, I wouldn’t be shocked at all,” Mr Lamptey said.

Mr Mensah himself had said in that week that no evidence of fraud was established against him, as far as the BNI’s probe into his tenure at the NHIA was concerned.

Mr Mensah, who was also a presidential staffer at the time, said he was confident he will come out of the probe unscathed.

“I have submitted myself to the BNI and I have responded to most of the questions. I’m still waiting for further questions, if they have. As we speak today, what I can assure you of is that of all the discussions that we have had, there is nothing that makes Sylvester Mensah guilty of fraud. The interaction with the BNI has been very cordial. It is their responsibility, they have a duty, it is within their mandate to undertake that exercise, and I have submitted myself to them and I can assure you that we are going to end this exercise without any scratch,” the former La Dade Kotopon MP told angry party members and fans in the constituency Thursday 6 Janaury.

He made those comments after NDC supporters in the constituency locked up all party offices and ceased all party activity in protest to the probe which Mr Mensah was subjected to at the time.

A court ordered on Thursday 6 January that all bank accounts of the former legislator be frozen until investigations into alleged financial malfeasance levelled against him were over. The order was given by the Accra Financial and Economic court.

It followed an ex-parte application made by the Financial Intelligence Centre, which serves as a national centre for the receipt and analysis of: (a) suspicious transaction reports; and (b) other information relevant to money laundering, associated predicate offences and financing of terrorism.

He was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.

<![CDATA[Nduom’s son set to lead PPP in 2020]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:48:58 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/01/nduoms-son-set-to-lead-ppp-in-2020.html Full-fledged investigations have found evidence that three-time failed presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom is desperately persuading his son, Nana Kweku Nduom to take up the leadership mantle of the PPP.
Picture, Nana Kweku Nduom in a pose with his father, Dr Papa Kwesi NduomNana Kweku Nduom & Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom
Close associates of Dr Nduom say the property mogul sees his eldest son as his ‘political heir’ and has never concealed that during party meetings.

Dr Nduom believes Nana Kweku has arduously worked his way up to position himself as the future leader of the party and thus stands a better chance of steering the affairs of a political party he has sunk millions into over the years.

Dr Nduom’s considerable investment into the PPP to become a third force on Ghana’s political landscape has largely been described by his critics a “waste of time” and demanded he channels his vast resources to one of the established political party, where his political dream could become a reality.

PPP’s electoral performance

After being compelled to take the hard decision of quitting the CPP, Dr Nduom formed the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) in an audacious move to be relevant in Ghana’s politics.

After securing its final certificate from the Electoral Commission, the PPP contested the general elections with Dr Nduom as its presidential candidate.

Despite the relentless and much financed campaign, the PPP only secured a meager 64,362 of the total valid votes cast representing 0.59% of the votes. 

The party repeated its third position in the 2016 elections by after romping home with 105,682, which represented 1% of the total valid votes.

Profile of Nana Kweku Nduom 

Nana Kweku Nduom is Vice President, Business Development and Finance, at Groupe Nduom, responsible for guiding GN member companies through the development and execution of their operational and financial goals. 

By focusing on the timely collection and analysis of high-quality data, Kweku is helping ensure that employees at all levels of each member company have the information they need to make decisions that are in line with GN’s core values.

Mr. Nduom is a 4th-year doctoral student (ABD) in the International Business Department at the George Washington University School of Business. He earned his BA (Economics/Finance) from Princeton University in 2000 and his MBA in (Entrepreneurship/Healthcare Management) from the Wharton School of Business in 2006. 

Kweku’s research interests include the impact of migrants, their descendants, and other diasporans on institutions in their countries of origin. 

Kweku has worked in the Finance industry for over 10 years at firms including Marsh and McLennan, Merrill Lynch, GE Capital, and Coconut Grove Hotels (based in Accra, Ghana). He is an active member of Toastmasters International. * Source: asempanews.com 

<![CDATA[I will not contest in 2020 - Mahama]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 01:03:28 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/01/i-will-not-contest-in-2020-mahama.html Source: atinkaonline. com - President John Dramani Mahama seems to have put a stone in the works of those clamouring for him to contest for the 2020 slot of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Speaking to a group of close associates, the President said whilst he is humbled, he has decided not to consider putting himself up for the NDC’s 2020 slot.
Early J Mahama for President 2020 poster...
This definitive statement is likely to pour cold water on two recent statements by two leading members of the party that he (Mahama) would be persuaded to contest for the NDC’s 2020 slot. The first was the Minister of Sports and Member of Parliament (MP) for Odododiodoo, Nii Lante Vanderpuije in an interview on Starr 103.FM. The second was by the NDC’s 2016 campaign co-ordinator, Mr. Kofi Adams on Asempa FM.

I Will Mobilise Mahama 2020 Comeback - Kofi Adams

The 2016 campaign coordinator of the failed president John Mahama re-election bid, Kofi Adams has stated that he would reject a decision by the outgoing president not to contest in the 2020 presidential race.

President Mahama lost in last year’s presidential race at the hands of Nana Akufo-Addo, the leader of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Mahama polled 4,713,277 votes representing 44.40% of the total votes cast as against Akufo-Addo’s 5,716,026 votes representing 53.85%.

That notwithstanding, Mr. Adams said he expects the president to make a comeback in 2020 adding that he would be hurt should the president do otherwise.

“If he decides not to run for elections, I will be disappointed…I will mobilise people against that,” he said on Asempa FM.

NDC Will Force Mahama To Contest Election 2020 - Vanderpuije

The Minister of Sports Nii Lante Vanderpuije has served notice President John Mahama will return as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate in the 2020 elections, despite a humiliating defeat in the December polls.

Speaking on personality profile show – Starr Chat – on Starr 103.5 FM, Mr. Vanderpuije stressed Mahama will be “forced” by party members to stage a comeback because he is the obvious choice to lead the outgoing NDC government.

“We’ll force John Mahama to go,” the MP for Odododiodoo told his host Bola Ray. The outspoken and controversial lawmaker is optimistic his boss will be on the ballot again in four years’ time, adding there is no way his running mate Kwesi Amissah-Arthur will contest if Mahama declines.

“If John Mahama will not go, Amissah-Arthur will not go,” Mr. Vanderpuije was emphatic, noting that a reverse decision by the outgoing vice president will be a “betrayal” of his boss. President Mahama lost the 2016 elections by a shocking 1.5 million votes difference to veteran opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, who polled 53%. He becomes the first sitting President under the Fourth Republic to have tasted defeat. The president-elect will be sworn in come January 7, 2017.

In the event Mahama refuses to contest the next elections, Mr. Vanderpuije could not place his bet on former flagbearer hopeful, Ekow Spio-Garbrah, 63, arguing age has caught up with him. He believes the party may consider a young and vibrant candidate and also ruled out outgoing chief of staff Julius Debrah.

“Julius Debrah will not go, I know him. He is my former boss. He would have given me a hint,” Mr. Vanderpuije opined.

He has, however, sent a note of caution to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to “watch out” because the NDC is going to “correct our mistakes and comeback like ‘kakai’”.

<![CDATA[I’ll be disappointed if Mahama doesn’t run in 2020 - Kofi Adams]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 01:07:40 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/01/ill-be-disappointed-if-mahama-doesnt-run-in-2020-kofi-adams.html Source; classfmonline. com - The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has indicated he will do all he can to ensure President John Mahama contests the 2020 elections.
Even though critics have urged the outgoing president to give up his ambitions to contest again for the presidency, Mr. Adams holds a different opinion, insisting that Mr. Mahama is the best that the party possesses.

He told Kwadwo Asare-Baffour Acheampong on Asempa FM’s ‘Ekosii Sen’ on Tuesday January 3 that he will not agree to a decision by Mr. Mahama not to contest again.

“If he decides not to run for elections, I will be disappointed…I will mobilise people against that,” he stated.

For Mr. Adams, the outgoing president represents the NDC’s best chances of returning to power in 2020 when the next general elections will be held.

<![CDATA[Mahama won’t contest in 2020 - Stephen Atubiga]]>Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:37:28 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2016/12/mahama-wont-contest-in-2020-stephen-atubiga.html Source: ultimatefmonline. com - A member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) Communications Team, Stephen Atubiga has categorically stated President John Dramani Mahama will not be seeking the mandate of Ghanaians in 2020 on the ticket of the party if the conduct of some elements remain same.
According to him, measures should be put in place to eschew the betrayal and disgrace that the party subjected the president to in the just ended parliamentary and presidential elections.

“JDM will not contest till we put a lot of things in place to avoid another betrayal and humiliation”, he said.

In his view, many party members have been left hungry, neglected and jobless for long especially the grassroots questioning how the party will be able to bring all on board ahead of the 2020 elections.
“We should be worried about who are going to lead the party from national level to regional down to constituency level. We should be worried about our founding fathers stance in the party, their loyalty and support for JDM 2020. 

Who is going to be his running mate and what impact is he or she bringing on board? How are we going to fund the party especially going to opposition, NDC has been going through financial crises till date. What language or massage do we have for the grassroots to continue working on empty stomach? How are we going to empower our media and those who go on radio and TV to project the party? 

We have failed 100% for not taking care of them and their condition is very bad, some can’t put food on the table not talking of transport to the stations. Who are those to manage JDM? 

His campaign team should cut across all levels, meaning regional balance foot soldiers, people that are accommodative ,accessible, humble, charismatic, and those that have a history of looking out for the welfare of members when they had opportunity in government”