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July 18: Add Rawlings To NDC Campaign Or We’d Vote Skirt & Blouse – Group
About 5000 members of a group calling itself the Tamale NDC Founders have threatened to vote skirt and blouse in the upcoming December 7 general elections if the party’s founder Jerry Rawlings does not join the campaign trail. They are convinced that the ruling NDC would not have won the 2008 elections without the overwhelming support of former President Jerry Rawlings. Musah Hamza, Vice President of the group raised this concern at a news conference in Tamale.
July 18: NDC Plot Backfires
A press conference organised by government to supposedly expose the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in the ongoing judgment debt saga, turned out to clear him of any wrongdoing. Deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa had served notice of government’s preparedness to expose Nana Addo’s involvement in a massive judgment debt scandal which eventually turned out to be his advice as then Attorney-General and Minister of Justice for government to pay an amount of $1.1million to the Great Cape Company of Switzerland.
July 18: My Gov’t Will Not Fail Ghanaians – Nana Addo
The Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has pleaded with Ghanaians to give him the mandate in this year’s election stating that he will fulfil all his promises if elected as President. Addressing supporters at Assin Fosu in the Central region on Monday, Nana Akufo-Addo promised that an NPP government under his leadership will allow the rule of law to thrive since it is the only way to ensure peace and equality in the country.
July 21: NPP And NDC Battle For Same Day Campaign Launch
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is accusing leaders of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) of not being intelligent enough to do things on their own, as the two leading parties battle for the same day to launch their campaigns. The NDC will launch its campaign on August 25, the same day set aside by the NPP to launch theirs. This is a change from the initial date of July 28. The Deputy Local Government Minister, Elvis Afrieyie Ankrah had said that the party was forced to fall on the new date because of the Ramadan season.
July 18:  NPP’s Agenda To Destroy Me Will Fail-Teye Nyaunu
Member of Parliament for Lower Manya Krobo Michael Teye Nyaunu, has rubbished allegations in some section of the media that he is campaigning for the New Patriotic Party in his constituency adding that it is a political agenda by the NPP to ruin his political reputation. The MP is alleged to have campaigned for the NPP at a prayer festival organized by the NPP parliamentary candidate in Upper Manya Krobo last Sunday but he denied the allegations contesting that “ I am also a parliamentary candidate so why will I campaign for my opponents”, he asked.
July 19: Let’s Use Ramadan To Pray For Peace – Akilu Sayibu
The New Patriotic Party parliamentary Candidate for Tamale-North Mr. Akilu Sayibu has called on Muslims in Tamale in particular and Ghana as a whole to use this year’s Ramadan fast to pray for peace in their various communities and also for the elections in December. In a statement issued to the media in Tamale today, Mr. Akilu Sayibu stated that, the Ramadan fast was a period to show love and obedience to God and to involve in profound prayers and worship and thought it was an excellent moment to pray for peaceful elections in December for Ghana.
July 19: Betty Mould Iddrisu In Tears
FORMER ATTORNEY-GENERAL and Minister of Justice, Betty Mould-Iddrisu, failed to prevent the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament from subjecting her to strict proof over matters relating to the €94 million judgment debt payment to Construction Pioneers (CP). Mrs Mould-Iddrisu, virtually in tears, had nobody from the majority National Democratic Congress (NDC) to rescue her as the Majority side was nowhere to be found.
July 20: President Mills Ready For 2012 Electioneering – Koku Anyidoho
President John Evans Atta Mills, poised to win the 2012 elections, for a second term, is set for the electioneering on the message of peace and development. Having campaigned on the platform of change in 2008, President Mills, the leader of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), has re-emphasised that Ghana would come out of the elections unscathed. “The President has often said God himself will lead us through the elections,” Mr Koku Anyidoho, Director of Communications at the Office of the President told journalists in Accra.
July 17: Messi And Ronaldo In 32-Man Field For UEFA award
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the obvious candidates. Leslie Davies, though, may raise a few more eyebrows.
UEFA has announced a 32-player list for its Best Player in Europe award in the 2011-12 season with a surprise name among the superstars.
Davies, a midfielder for Welsh Premier League club Bangor City, was nominated by a panel of journalists drawn from UEFA’s 53 member countries. Each jury member submitted five names to create the 32-man slate which will be reduced to a three-player shortlist next month.
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