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Ghana: Opposition Candidates Tend To Promise More Than Incumbents – CDD-Ghana Boss

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Executive Director of the Centre for Democratic Development-Ghana (CDD-Ghana) Professor Henry Kwasi Prempeh says challengers for the presidency often tend to promise more in Ghana than incumbents.

He observed that this makes opposition candidates promise more in the area of the fight against corruption but over the years no better impact is made when they win power.

Speaking at the Ghana National Forum for Political Party Manifestos organised on Wednesday, October 14 by Media General in collaboration with Penplusbytes, Prof Prempeh noted that because they want to wrestle power from the incumbent, challengers promise a whole a lot.

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“Challengers tend to promise more than incumbents,” he stressed.

“Normally, corruption is about who has power to do what. It tends to be about putting a mirror in the face of incumbents of that class. Challengers who are looking to wrestle power from incumbents tend to promise a lot more.”

He cited how the New Patriotic Party (NPP), in opposition in 2016, promised a lot to fight corruption.

“NPP in opposition 2016 trying to get in promises a whole lot more than the NDC does and that it is consistent with what we see, that there is a tendency on the part of challengers to raise the profile on corruption issues during election campaigns as a way to signal that they would do better if elected to office.“

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Prof Prempeh wants more action than what is captured in manifestos and rattled on the political campaign platform.

 

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‘We won’t Accept Extension For Buni’s Caretaker Committee’ – Kaduna Based APC Chieftaincy

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An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Kaduna State, Yusuf Ali, has cautioned Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni, who is the party’s Chairman, Caretaker/Extra-ordinary Convention Committee , against extending the six-month tenure prescribed for the committee to hold an extraordinary convention to elect new leadership.

Ali, who made the call while speaking with reporters in Kaduna yesterday, said the report making the round that the Buni-led committee might seek an extension to reform the party, would be counter-productive.

“Majority of the party members indeed welcome the Buni-led caretaker committee with open arms and the committee also enjoyed widespread support across the party especially when it began the reconciliation of aggrieved party members and leaders.

Yobe State Governor and APC Care Taker Committee Chairman, Mai Mala Buni

“We are aware that the committee has a six-month tenure to reconcile members.”

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“However, four months down the line, there are speculations in the media on alleged moves by the Buni-led committee to seek an extension. I am appealing to them not to follow that trajectory even though the committee hasn’t refuted the media report.”

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APC Hopeful Councilor Aspirant Pledges Quality Representatives, Better Deal For Ugya Ward, Lauds Speaker Balarabe For His Leadership 

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Hon Umar Muhammed Ozimama

A councilor aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress Congress, APC, for Ugya Ward, Toto Local Government Council of Nasarawa State, Hon Umar Muhammed Ozimama who is currently seeking to contest for election has commenced consultations among the party’s stakeholders in his Ugya electoral ward.

Ozimama, officially commenced dialogue with some leaders of the APC in Ugya, among which were women groups, youth organisations, artisans and others.

Addressing party executives and members from various units in Ugya ward, He stressed that Nigerians are now aware of the importance of quality representation, which he promised to offer if given the chance in the next election.

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According to him, “Having consulted widely, I considered myself as the best candidate to represent Ugya ward in 2021.”

Ozimama also promised to restore dignity to Ugya politics if elected, adding that the calibers and personality of councilors, who represents the ward in the council matters a lot.

He said Ugya ward has been seriously shortchanged and the area could no longer continue to be relegated. “We need quality representation and Ugya people must watch whom we send to the council to represent us in 2021.

“Let me further tell you that as far as this contest is concerned, I have no rival. I know I am eminently qualified and positioned to emerge victorious by your support, endorsement and active role in the process,” he said.

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He appreciated the present councilor of the ward for his effort, promised to continue from where he stop.

Hon Umar Muhammed Ozimama

Ozimama commended the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Abdullahi Balarabe (Wali Opanda) for his pragmatic leadership style and his capability and ability to attract meaningful development to his constituency.

He described Balarabe as his political leader who is more please with and urging him to go ahead to do more more for his people.

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INEC: President Buhari Nominates Prof Mahmood Yakubu For Reappointment As Chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Prof. Mahmood Yakubu for reappointment as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The reappointment is, however, subject to a Senate confirmation.

Mr Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015 and his first tenure of five years would expire on November 9.

Mr Yakubu supervised the 2019 general election and off-cycle elections in states such as Kogi, Edo and Ondo.

His nomination for reappointment was contained in a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan by President Buhari.

The letter reads ” in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term

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