Politics of Sunday, 24 February 2019Source: Myjoyonline.comLet’s trust each other – Mahama advises supporters after emphatic winJohn Mahama pulled off a decisive victory by polling 95.24% of votes castFormer President John Mahama is encouraging trust and unity among the rank and file of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), going into the 2020 elections. Addressing party leaders and supporters at the Headquarters shortly after he was declared the winner of the flagbearer contest, Mr. Mahama also told members of the opposition party to shun the seeds of disaffection being sown by their political opponents. John Mahama pulled off a decisive victory by polling 95.24% of votes cast leaving six others to squabble over less than 5% in a poll that involved about 300,000 NDC voters. NDC return, Goosie Tanoh, finally got a shot at his most cherished political ambition but polled 2,038 votes (0.909%) to place fourth. Ekwow Spio-Gabrah placed fifth with 1457 votes (0.650%), Sylvester Mensah managed 932 votes (0.415%) with Nurudeen Iddrisu securing 513 votes (0.231) to place sixth and seventh, respectively.
February 24, 2019 01:52 UTC
General News of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: www.ghanaweb.comWe got exactly what we were expecting - Odododiodo Constituency Chairman on Mahama’s winPaul Oblie Laryea, NDC Odododiodo Constituency ChairmanNDC Chairman of the Odododiodo Constituency, Paul Oblie Laryea, has stated that results from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearership election turned out as expected after one of the candidates, John Dramani Mahama, was declared winner at the Constituency. According to him, John Mahama has done a lot for the country especially his electorate, hence the need to support him. John Mahama has done a lot in Ghana and even in Odododiodio itself John Mahama has done a lot here. The Odododiodo Constituency had about 1,579 delegates expected to vote, however, the total vote cast at the end of polls summed up to 1,447 including one rejected ballot. On how he would support Mahama in the 2020 polls as a Constituency Chairman, Paul Oblie Laryea, stated that his constituency has started organizing the youth, market women and party branches to work to support Mahama.
February 23, 2019 21:56 UTC
General News of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: Graphic.com.ghThe gap was too much - Prof Alabi concedes to Mahamaplay videoProf. Joshua Alabi, former Vice-Chancellor of UPSAProfessor Joshua Alabi has shared details of the conversation he had with frontrunner John Dramani Mahama to concede the NDC primary. According to Prof Alabi, he told Mr Mahama who provisionally has 95% of the valid votes cast that the "gap was too wide". "We just cracked jokes and I only told him that the gap was too much and he shouldn't have done that...". Professor Alabi who was bullish heading into the polls said he confident of victory heading into the contest but planned for any outcome.
February 23, 2019 21:56 UTC
General News of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: Graphic.com.ghAlhaji Nurideen concedes to John Mahamaplay videoNurudeen Iddrisu, NDC flagbearer aspirantA candidate in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer primaries Alhaji Nurideen Iddrisu has conceded to the frontrunner John Dramani Mahama. Alhaji Iddrisu disclosed that he called former President Mahama on Saturday night to concede and assure him of his support for the 2020 Presidential elections. Speaking in an interview with Citi FM, Alhaji Iddrisu said he was disappointed with the outcome of the elections but takes the results in his stride because it was an internal election. "Initially, I thought I was going to win but things turned round so I called the former President His Excellency John Dramani Mahama to congratulate him on the exceptional performance and pledge our support in order to ensure that we win the 2020 election," he said. Mr Iddrisu said he did not regret participating in the poll because he has benefited from the exposure.
February 23, 2019 21:11 UTC
General News of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: atinkaonline.comSpio congratulates Mahama, says, ‘together, we win 2020’play videoNDC Flagbearer Hopeful, Ekwow Spio-GarbrahOne of the defeated candidates in the just-ended National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential primary, Ekow Spio-Garbrah, has congratulated former president John Mahama for winning the contest. Former President, John Dramani Mahama secured 213,443 votes representing 95.24% while Spio garnered a paltry 1,467 votes representing 0.65% in saturday's electionThe former Trade Minister congratulated his former boss on social media for winning the election massively moments after the party released the provisional results to journalists. “Congratulations President John Dramani Mahama, together we win 2020,” Spio-Garbrah posted on his facebook page. The other aspirants were the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Sumani K. Bagbin, businessman Alhaji Nurudeen Iddrisu, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Sylvester Adinam Mensah (Sly); former Trade Minister,; Mr Augustus Goosie Tanoh and former Vice Chancellor of University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof. Joshua Alabi. Final Provisional ResultsBagbin = 2,313 = 1.02%Nurudeen = 519 = 0.23%Mahama = 213,443 95.24%Sylvester = 932 = 0.41%Spio G = 1,467 = 0.65%Goosie = 2,038 = 0.99%Alabi= 3,399 = 1.51%
February 23, 2019 21:00 UTC
General News of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: Graphic.com.ghWhy Rawlings failed to vote in NDC presidential raceJerry John Rawlings, former President of GhanaFormer President and Founder of the National Democratic Congress, Jerry John Rawlings was conspicuously missing from the presidential primary of the party on Saturday. Rawlings reduced his participation in the poll to a one sentence tweet to the candidates and party, wishing them his ‘best’ and calling for integrity, transparency and fairness. Somehow though, word had gone out that the party founder would be voting at the party headquarters in Adabraka, Accra at about 11am, a rumour that got many media practitioners rushing there. But they were disappointed as Rawlings never showed up. When pressed for what may have kept the ‘old man’ out of the race, a source close to Rawlings told Graphic Online that he wanted to remain as neutral as ever and decided to stay away from the polls.
February 23, 2019 21:00 UTC
General News of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: Myjoyonline.comUN hails role of Ghana in peace operationsThe Commanding Officer of the Ghana Battalion receiving his UN peace medal from Ms Leila ZerrouguiThe Government of Ghana has been commended by the United Nations (UN) for its sacrifice and commitment towards global peace and security. This praise comes after the government’s dedication in the deployment of soldiers to help promote peace in other for over six decades. Special mention was made during the ceremony on the contribution and sacrifices made by troops of Ghana Contingents provided for the security and peace in the DRC over the years under MONUSCO. The SRSG also commended the Ghana Battalion for establishing Standing Combat Deployments in Kitwit (Kwilu Province) and Yumbi (Mai-Ndombe Province) during the electoral period to ensure UN Human Rights Assessment Teams carried out critical tasks. The SRSG also applauded the Ghana Battalion for the successful execution of their mandate over the one-year period deployed within the Western Sector of MONUSCO.
February 23, 2019 20:37 UTC
Politics of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: www.ghanaweb.comMahama wins by 95% in provisional resultsplay videoJohn Dramani Mahama, former President of GhanaFormer President John Dramani Mahama is leading with 95.24% in the National Democratic Congress flagbearer race. Provisional results from the party’s headquarters indicate that the former President is leading his contenders with 213,443 followed by Joshua Alabi with 3,399 representing 1.516%. Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin is third with 2,313 votes representing 1.032%, followed by Gossie Tanoh with 2,038 votes representing 0.909%. Dr. Ekwow Spio-Gabrah is in the fifth position with 1,457 representing 0.650%, followed by Sylvester Mensah with 932 representing 0.415% and Nurudeen Iddrisu with 519 representing 0.231%. The Electoral Commission is yet to release the official results.
February 23, 2019 20:15 UTC
Politics of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: atinkaonline.comNDC Polls: Bagbin upstages Mahama at Nadowli-Kaleo, grabs 388 votesNDC Flagbearer Hopeful, Alban BagbinSecond Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin is the only candidate who has beaten John Mahama in one constituency in the party’s ongoing presidential primary. Mr Bagbin garnered 388 votes while Mr Mahama grabbed 368 votes at Nadowli-Kaleo, the home constituency of the former. Below are the results:Nadowli-KaleoAlban Bagbin – 388John Mahama – 366Spio – 3Sly Mensah – 2Alabi – 24Goosie Tanoh – 7Nurudeen – 3
In an instance, a car’s headlight was brought in to illuminate a center for counting to begin. He reported from the Maitama Model Primary Polling Centre that agents of the various political parties as well as electoral officers pulled out their mobile phones to illuminate the centre for counting of the ballots. But generally the elections have been described as peaceful by the West African Network for Peacebuilding (Wanep). Its co-chair, Barrister Aisha Abdulai, told journalists on Saturday that despite deadly violence cases recorded at some centres, there has been relative peace across board. So far, 33 cases of electoral violence have been recorded, according to our correspondent.
General News of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: Myjoyonline.comWe’ve lost the election; Goosie’s camp disappointedplay videoGoosie Tanoh's camp expected him to perform better. The camp of Augustus “Goosie” Tanoh has expressed disappointment following the humiliating defeat suffered by their candidate in Saturday’s presidential primaries of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). “The results we’ve seen so far would suggest that we have lost. With results from 205 Constituencies collated, Mr. John Mahama’s camp say their candidate has won 93.2% of the votes cast. Close to 300,000 delegates from the branch, constituency, regional and the national levels, participated in the election that has given John Mahama another opportunity to contest the national presidential election on the ticket of the NDC.
General News of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: Graphic.com.ghAlabi loses home constituency Krowor to MahamaProf. Joshua Alabi, NDC presidential aspirantProfessor Joshua Alabi has lost his home constituency of Krowor in Greater Accra to John Mahama in the National Democratic Congress flagbearer race. Out of the total 1390 votes cast in the constituency, Professor Alabi polled only 164 votes. Klotey KorleAlban Bagbin - 3Alhaji Nuredeen - 1John Mahama - 1019Sylvester Mensah - 2Ekwow Spio - 5Goosie Tanoh - 10Prof Joshua Alabi - 9Rejected 9Kpone-KatamansoJoshua Alabi - 10Alban Bagbin - 3John Mahama - 846Sylvester Mensah - 3Ekow Spio Garbrah - 2Goosie Tanoh - 10Nurudeen Idrissu - 1Number of delegates: 1041Total Votes - 881Rejected - 8Spoilt ballot - 1OdododiodoJohn Mahama - 1,405Ekwow Spio Garbrah - 2Goosie Tanoh - 13Alban Bagbin - 4Joshua Alabi - 16Sylvester Mensah - 4Alhaji Nurudeen - 2Rejected 1Nkwanta-North constituencyASK Bagbin : 1Alhaji Nurudeen :1John Mahama : 697Sylvester Mensah: 4Spio Garbrah: 3Goosie Tanoh :14Joshua Alabi: 5Rejected : 3Total votes: 728Total valid votes: 725
February 23, 2019 18:56 UTC
General News of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: citinewsroom.comNDC primaries: Early declaration of results unfair – Goosie TanohNDC flagbearer hopeful, Augustus 'Goosie' TanohNational Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential aspirant, Goosie Tanoh has decried the early declaration of results at some constituencies in the party’s ongoing presidential primaries. Goosie Tanoh made the comments while speaking to journalists after touring some constituencies in the party’s presidential primaries. “The real issue is the time that they declared it [the results]. He, however, said he believes the party’s headquarters will take up the matter and address it. Six of the aspirants prior to the election raised a number of concerns with the process.
February 23, 2019 18:33 UTC
General News of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: dailyguidenetwork.comNDC Presidential primaries: Sam George is irresponsible - Anthony NukpenuSam George, Member of Parliament for Ningo PrampramThe Greater Accra Regional Organizer of the NDC, Anthony Nukpenu has described Ningo-Prampram Constituency Member of Parliament, Sam George as irresponsible. Sam George had earlier caused the voting process at Ningo-Prampram Constituency to come to a temporary halt. Voters in the area who are supposed to cast their ballots in the Presidential primary were having to wait because of that. Sam George also threatened to prevent the use of the voter register in three of the 92 registered branches In the constituency. But the Regional Organizer said Mr. George is irresponsible for interfering in the work of the party executives in the Constituency.
February 23, 2019 17:26 UTC
Sports News of Saturday, 23 February 2019Source: GHANAsoccernet.comGhanaian forward C.J Sapong joins Chicago FireGhanaian born American forward, C.J SarpongGhanaian born American forward C.J Sarpong has joined Chicago Fire from Philadelphia Union. Fire Soccer Club announced today that it has acquired forward CJ Sapong from the Philadelphia Union. “CJ brings a different skill set to our attacking options,” said Chicago Fire Soccer Club President and General Manager Nelson Rodriguez. “We can now be more varied in how we attack.”Sapong, 30, joins the Fire with 233 appearances (177 starts) in eight MLS seasons, tallying 56 goals and 23 assists during that stretch. “CJ is a player who adds athleticism and a high work rate on both sides of the ball,” said Chicago Fire Soccer Club Head Coach Veljko Paunovic.
February 23, 2019 17:03 UTC