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Pompous NPP won’t admit wrong – Bernard Mornah

Chairman of the People’s National Convention, (PNC) Mr. Bernard Mornah has questioned the sense of judgment of the New Patriotic Party, saying it is a party that refuses to acknowledge it’s wrongdoing as a result of its pomposity.

Mornah says while many NPP leaders are well aware that the search for peace for Dagbon started long before President Akufo-Addo became president and therefore got involved in the peace processes, they are insisting, and rightly so, that he be credited with giving Dagbon peace.

Bernard Mornah said while he agrees that President Akufo-Addo, for putting the icing on the cake, rightly deserves to be credited with the peace in Dagbon, by the same token the NPP needs to understand that Kwame Nkrumah, even though did not start Ghana’s independence struggle, is rightly credited with it for putting the icing on the cake.

“So they want us to hail President Akufo-Addo as the one who possibly is the alpha and omega in this matter, so we accept that as it should be. Will they also go back and revise their notes that they have been wrong in saying that the independence of Ghana could not have been achieved by Kwame Nkrumah and that Nkrumah did not found Ghana? If Akufo-Addo is the founder of the peace and the enskinment of a new Yaa Naa, then, just by a simple thinking it means that they have been wrong all this while, just that they are too pompous to admit that they have been wrong”, said Mornah in his contribution to a discussion on Radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji programme of the outdooring of Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama II as the Overlord of Dagbon.

He said so many people played key roles in attaining the current peace in Dagbon, particularly the people of Dagbon. Beyond them he said President J.A. Kufuor, during whose tenure the heinous crime of the killing of Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani II and his kinsmen occurred, found reason to initiate the institution of the committee of eminent chiefs to handle the peace process so the criminal aspect could be dealt with by the law, played his part. He said Professor J.E.A. Mills played his part by continuing with the processes, just as former President John Dramani Mahama played his part, including the renovation of the Gbewaa Palace.



Bernard Mornah to contest Nadowli-Kaleo parliamentary seat

The National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah, has declared his intention to contest the Nadowli-Kaleo Parliamentary seat in the Upper West Region. This will be his second time contesting for the seat.

He notably increased the PNC’s parliamentary votes in the constituency from 196 in 2012 to 5,393 in 2016.

He believes his path to Parliament may be easier now that the incumbent and Ghana’s longest-serving Member of Parliament, Alban S.K. Bagbin will not be seeking re-election.

Mr. Bagbin who is currently Ghana’s second Deputy Speaker of Parliament has been occupying the Nadowli-Kaleo parliamentary seat since 1992.

Mr. Mornah said Mr.Bagbin’s exit will “create even a fairer and an even playing field for all those who want to contest to represent the constituency.”

The PNC is yet to open nominations for its aspirants.



Bernard Mornah braces for Nadowli-Kaleo seat

The National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr Bernard Mornah, has declared his intention to contest the Nadowli-Kaleo parliamentary seat in the Upper West Region in the 2020 general election for the second time.

Mr Mornah, however, says he expects the race to be tough despite the exclusion of the incumbent Member of Parliament for the area, Mr Alban Bagbin, who has represented the constituency in Parliament for 28 years.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Mr Mornah said the absence of Mr Bagbin would pave the way for an equal playing field among the prospective candidates, a situation he said would require extra efforts by all aspirants to win the support of the constituents, particularly those that have long-standing loyalty with Mr Bagbin.

“Bagbin not contesting is both positive and a minus; positive in the sense that over the years he has cultivated a certain entrenched loyalty and that those people, irrespective of performance or otherwise, will remain a core group of people who will always stay and stick with him.

“On the other hand, the issue of incumbency will no more play advantage to anybody who is in the race. It will now be about the capacities of the individuals who will be putting themselves up and I guess I will stand tall,” he said.

Mr Mornah contested the Nadowli-Kaleo seat for the first time in 2016 but lost to the incumbent after polling 5,393 votes against Mr Bagbin, who garnered 14,044 votes, winning the race by 48.9 per cent.

Going into 2020

Mr Bagbin is not seeking re-election into Parliament.

Seven people, who were successfully vetted by the NDC ahead of the August 24 parliamentary primaries, are seeking to represent the party in the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency in the 2020 general election.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) opened nominations for parliamentary aspirants to pick nomination forms on July 22, 2019 and was scheduled to close on August 3, 2019.

The PNC is yet to open nominations for its aspirants but the declaration of intent by its national chairman makes it probable that he will represent the party again in the Nadowli-Kaleo Constituency.

As the NDC seeks to make the constituency its preserve by retaining the seat in 2020, the NPP, PNC, and other potential contestants will seek to capitalise on the absence of Mr Bagbin and break the NDC monopoly.

Confident to win

Mr Mornah said he was confident that he would secure not less than 60 per cent of the total votes cast to win the Nadowli-Kaleo seat in 2020.

He said his performance in the last election, where he managed to increase the PNC’s parliamentary votes from 196 in 2012 to 5,393 in 2016 was an indication that with a sustained effort his party would clinch the seat.

He added that although the PNC’s internal elections and planned activities had delayed, it would not have any bearing on his performance in 2020 as he had maintained constant engagements with the constituents.

“I am convinced that I am working for victory 2020. With time not on our side, the party has put structures in place and very soon the constituency elections will start and it will be followed by other important activities,” he said.