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Intervene in Togo or risk crisis on your hands – Group to ECOWAS

The Ghana-Togo Solidarity Movement says if the political situation in neighbouring Togo is not tackled by ECOWAS, instability in that country will spread to other West African countries including Ghana.

Addressing the media Wednesday, Bernard Mornah who is the convenor of the movement believes the fragile economy of Ghana will be affected negatively.

He said, “as long as Togo is not stable, nowhere will be stable, particularly West Africa because we are interlinked culturally and announcing for a 4th term has outraged the people of  Togo and as of yesterday, some residents of Lome burnt tyres”.

Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe on Tuesday confirmed his candidacy for elections next month that look set to see him claim a fourth term and extend his family’s decades-long rule.

Togolese lawmakers last May approved a constitutional amendment allowing Gnassingbe to run for office again in 2020 and 2025.

Union for the Republic (UNIR) party secretary Aklesso Atchole said it was the “unanimous will of members” for the president to stand again as its candidate at the vote on February 22.

This according to Bernard will affect the stability of other countries in the West Africa region. He said “remember Ghana is the closest to Togo. Our fragile economy would be burdened our weak health system will be burdened, the jobless situation would be accentuated and all manner of vices may be occasioned. In short, Ghana is under siege.”

He went on “the ECOWAS understands this. To help the Togolese people find a solution to this serious crisis in which the country has been matching to. The ECOWAS appointed two facilitators including Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana. I’m sure the Togolese people are grateful for the efforts of our president to bring peace to Togo. And probably they still trust in our president to help Togo become a democratic country like Ghana where citizens can enjoy freedoms with little harassment because of the political beliefs.”

Togo is the only country in West Africa not to have enjoyed a constitutional transition of power from one government to the other.


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PNC Chairman, Bernard Mornah enskinned chief of Bimobas

The Bimoba Chiefs and people in the Garu and Tempane Districts of Upper East Region have enskinned Mr Bernard Mornah, the National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) as Biis Naab (Youth Chief).

The ceremony was performed by Naba David Kansuk, the Chief of Nakpanduri in the Bunkpurugu District of the North East Region, at the weekend during the 18th annual Danjuar festival of Bimobas at Kpikpira in the Tempane District of the Upper East Region.

The festival was celebrated on the theme: “Investing in Bimoba land; the role of government, chiefs and stakeholders.”

In his address, the Chief of the Kpikpira Traditional Area, Naba Dazuur II thanked Dagaabas for releasing their son to serve them, saying “The Bimoba people would want to thank you for accepting to release your son Bernard Mornah, to them to assist our youth. Indeed Bernard Mornah has been very supportive and inspirational to the youth of Bimoba land and beyond.”

He was hopeful that the good relations between Bimobas and the Dagaabas would inure to their development, and said “We hope to use this established relations for cultural exchanges between us and the Dagaabas.”

Naba Dazuur II said Bimoba land used to be in the news for the wrong reasons, “Today, I am glad to announce that we have defeated the negative aspects of life and now living together peacefully. The last gun in our life was buried in the soils at Saayauk and Saanbiruk some few years ago.”

He said the Bimoba people had resolved that never again would they use the gun as a way of resolving their problems. “We say goodbye to violent conflicts and welcome development. We are ready to sell what we have in terms of natural resources to create jobs for our people.”

Mr Bernard Mornah, the newly enskinned Biis Naab, thanked the Chiefs for the honour, and said the people of Sankana, his hometown and Dagaabas would forever remain grateful to Bimobas.

He said from the instructions he received, “when this is over, you will not see me in my traditional regalia, you will be seeing me not in one barret, but in double barret carrying on with my activism. I shall pursue the course that I believe is just for the people of Ghana and just for the people of the Bimoba land.”

“Let me assure all of you that I am a very stubborn character, and I will be stubborn as your youth leader. Bimoba youth, just get it clear that as a leader, I am also a very stubborn leader.”

He emphasised that “I will be stubborn if you want to bring destruction to Bimoba land, we will not allow you, I will be stubborn if you want to destabilise the peace and unity of Bimoba land and Ghana, we will not allow you.”



Ghana bigger than NPP, NDC; end vigilantism competition – PNC

The People’s National Convention (PNC) has called on the two main political parties, the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress to end the competition over what it called “the tussle over which one reigns supreme in political vigilantism.”

The PNC said in a statement that the recent acts of violence “cast a slur on the image of Ghana as a torchbearer of good governance.”

The PNC takes the opportunity to decry the creeping trend of hooliganism and thuggery that is gradually but steadily permeating the Ghanaian political space as a result of the high patronage of vigilantism by highly placed political parties and politicians.”

The by-election violence in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency and the shooting incident at the Ashanti Regional NDC office in Kumasi that left one dead.

The PNC said, “it is sad that the governing New Patriotic Party and the opposition National Democratic Congress appear to be engaged in a hasty and needless tussle as to which one of them reigns supreme in terms of political vigilantism and the accompanying consequences of violence and mayhem.”

The PNC served notice that it would not “sit aloof and watch them destroy this beautiful and peaceful country of ours. If they have nothing good to offer, they better leave the political and governance stage for the PNC to take over the running of the state in a better fashion.”


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‘PNC won’t die over Edward Mahama’s exit’ – Bernard Mornah

The National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah says the leader of the party, Edward Mahama’s decision to step aside as the party’s presidential candidate will not affect the PNC’s fortunes in the 2020 general elections.

Dr. Edward Mahama announced his decision after meeting with the Chairman and Acting General Secretary on August 11, 2020.

Mr. Mornah told Citi News that the new leadership will fervently work to ensure the party’s victory in the general elections, despite Dr. Mahama’s decision.

“The party did not die with President Limann and the party will not die with the exit of Edward Mahama. I am sure the new leadership that will take place from him will be motivated, they will be inspired, they will work assiduously to ensure that the legacy of Limann is maintained.”

The National Secretariat of the People’s National Convention (PNC) is yet to announce a date for the party’s presidential primaries to elect a flagbearer ahead of election 2020.

There are suggestions that some outstanding issues Dr. Mahama has with the party’s National Chairman and General Secretary had stalled efforts at holding a national congress ahead of the general elections.

The National Youth Organizer of the People’s National Convention, Awudu Ishaq, has called on Dr. Mahama to immediately resolve all issues to pave way for the congress.

A former Bolgatanaga East MP, David Apasara, an importer, Samson Asaaki Awingobit and Rev. Samuel Adjei Debrah, an economist will be running for the flagbearer position.



UGCC did not attain independence for Ghana — Bernard Mornah

The National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr Bernard Mornah, has said the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) did not attain independence for Ghana.

Rather, he said it took the tact and drive of Dr Kwame Nkrumah to unite Ghana for independence. Mr Mornah told the Daily Graphic that the United Party (UP) should rather thank Dr Nkrumah for introducing the “Avoidance of Discrimination Act” which went a long way in the formation of the UP.

“We could not grow the country on the basis of discrimination where one political party belonged to the Ashanti and the other Northern. This brought about the formation of UP,” he asserted.

Mr Mornah was reacting to a lecture delivered by the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, to mark the 70th anniversary of the UGCC that Dr Kwame Nkrumah could not be credited to be the sole founder father of Ghana, since the struggle for independence was started by other prominent Ghanaians.

It was on the theme: 4th August; Ghana’s Day of Destiny.



African youth must be agents of Pan Africanism – Bernard Mornah

The National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr Bernard Mornah, has implored Africa’s youth to lead the campaign and struggle for African unity.

Africa’s unity, according to Mr Mornah, will maximise its economic strength and yield to the advantage of the youth, hence the need for them to channel their energies into matters aimed at resolving Africa’s differences.

He made the call when he delivered the keynote address at the Second Meeting of the Pan African, Federalist Movement (PAFM)-West Africa, held at the Memorial Modibo Keita, Bamako, Mali, last Friday.

The movement is a pro African group existing to champion the formation of a United Africa State (UAS) within a generation.

Mr Mornah, who is the West African Coordinator of the Movement, maintains that although the concept of unifying states owes its origin to Africa, the continent has over the years failed to dissolve its “artificial” boundaries – a stumbling block to its economic, social and political development.

He lamented the absence of a vibrant African youth to relive the unity-oriented ideologies of its past leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah, Modibo Keita and Patrice Lumumba.



President must pay tax!

The West Africa Coordinator of the Pan African Federalist Movement (PAFM) and National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr Bernard Mornah, has said it is unfair for the President to be exempted from the country’s tax net and calls for his inclusion to serve as an example to others.
Mr Mornah made a strong case that the First Gentleman of the land earns an income as an employee of the state and that should warrant his obligation to pay a taxable percentage on his remuneration to the state.

He cannot fathom why the Vice- President is not offered the same opportunity as the President.

While blaming Ghana’s Constitution for the laxity, he explained his position by stressing: “It is unfair for the President to be excluded from the payment of taxes. He is the First Gentleman of the land and a good example must be set in that regard.

I am struggling to understand why the Vice-President is rather required to pay tax. That is the law but I think it is wrong and must be changed.”

His comments were in response to a question asked by a pupil about whether the President paid tax during an interactive session with some pupils of the St Martin De Porres School in Accra last Wednesday.

The encounter, which was held on the theme: “Our Taxes Build a Great Ghana, was at the instance of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) as part of activities to mark its Citizenship Week celebration.


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Bernard Mornah to NPP – arrest the falling cedi

The national chairman of the Peoples National Convention, Bernard Mornah has challenged the government to arrest the depreciating cedi, as economic indicators do not appear favourable.

Delivering the PNC’s solidarity message to delegates at the New Patriotic Party’s national conference in Koforidua on Saturday, Bernard Mornah also urged the government to look into challenges besetting the health sector, particularly the incidences of ‘no bed’ at public hospitals.

While wishing the party and delegates a successful conference, Bernard Mornah said “Latest economic indicators are not that favourable, particularly that it appears the IGP has let the cells opened and the cedi is depreciating and we want that the economic management team will take interest to arrest the situation for the betterment of all of us.”

Bernard Mornah recalled the PNC’s past cordial working relations with the NPP, particularly during President Kufuor’s administration, during which period he said some PNC members were appointed ministers, and a ‘near collaboration at parliamentary level’.

He said these helped deepen Ghana’s democratic experiment, enhanced the beauty of multi-party democracy and yielded positive dividends to national cohesion and prayed that the NPP would rise stronger from the conference.

“We know that the NPP at the end of this would have elected leaders who would magnify your front, magnify the pillars of multi-party democracy and make our nation great and strong. We thank you and we wish you well.”


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Bernard Mornah questions EC on $100 million

The National Chairman of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah, has said the Electoral Commission (EC) has wasted $130 million of the taxpayers’ money on an exercise that could have been conducted with just $30 million.

After the voters’ registration exercise, the EC claims it has detected minors on foreigners on the new voters’ roll adding that it’ll delete the names to ensure a credible.

Chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa said steps have been taken to remove all illegal registrants before the December polls.

But Bernard Mornah speaking on the just-ended register said “They [EC] say the new voter roll has foreigners on it (Ivorians), they say there are minors on the register, they say there are dead people on the register, so, you [EC] lied”, adding that it is “deception and stealing of public funds for personal use.”

According to him, a survey conducted by the policy think tank, IMANI Africa “analyses show that we wasted $130 million on an exercise that we could conduct safely with $30 million.”

“Where did the $100 million go?” he asked.

Speaking on Accra FM, he said Jean Mensa must be prosecuted for causing financial loss to the state.

“So, I say that Jean Mensa and all the actors in this grand scheme to steal Ghana’s money are candidates for prosecution,” he said on Accra FM.

He alleged that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is conniving with the EC to delete names of Ghanaians from the new register in some specific areas.

“They have come out with another lie. This lie we uncovered. If you listen to the General Secretary of the NPP, they have already targeted some constituencies in which they are going to delete names from the voter register,” he added.


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Our parents make us Ghanaians, not passport or Ghana card – Bernard Mornah

The spokesperson for the Interparty Resistance Against the compilation of a New Voter Register Bernard Mornah has said the 1992 Constitution in article 6, spells out clearly as to who is a Ghanaian, which must not be ignored.

He said nothing makes citizens more Ghanaians than their birthright from their parents and that it was wrong for the EC to attempt compiling a register using only the passport and Ghana Card as proof of citizenship.

According to him, while it is not out of place for the EC to compile a register of any form, the autocratic criteria including timing with the tendency to deny a lot of Ghanaians their birth and Constitutional right to vote was a grave concern for well-meaning Ghanaians.

“We are completely against the EC compiling a new register but if they are adamant to listen to the wisdom of other civil society organisations who are also kicking against it for obvious reasons then they must make it possible for all Ghanaians to register”, he explained.

Mr. Mornah who was speaking at Tumu Kuoro’s Palace in Tumu over the weekend during a courtesy call to Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI said it was sad the EC was using criteria that will deny many people the right to vote.

The National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) claimed that the ruling NPP might suspect they will lose the 2020 elections if they do not temper with the voters’ register, hence the decision to team up with the EC.

He said the EC and the leadership of the NPP must think of Ghana first and either stop compiling a new register or make it possible for all to register by accepting the existing voter ID since Ghana was bigger than any political party.

Mr. Mornah said the closing of the country’s borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic will further deprive many Ghanaians of the opportunity to participate in the registration process, which would deny them their fundamental human right to vote.

Other members of the group who accompanied Mr. Mornah included the Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Peter Boamah Otokunor, PNC Parliamentary Candidate for Sissala East Constituency, Mr Kingsley Kanton and other NDC big wigs in the Upper West region.