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Charlotte Osei sought clearance from the military before declaring Nana Addo a winner in 2016 – Manasseh’s book reveals

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Charlotte Osei sought clearance from the military before declaring Nana Addo a winner in 2016 – Manasseh’s book reveals


  • Why did you allow the NPP to rig the election? Angry Julius Debrah chastised the military officers who met with the then EC Boss Charlotte Osei before declaring Nana Akufo-Addo winner for the 2016 elections.


Charlotte Osei sought clearance from the military: On December 9, 2016, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, declared Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) winner of the highly contested polls.

Three years on, it is emerging that the EC’s Chairperson had sought clearance from the top hierarchy of the Ghana Armed Forces before making that declaration.

This revelation is contained in Manasseh Azure Awuni’s book, “The Fourth John: Reign, Rejection & Rebound.

Manasseh’s book reveals that when everything was set for the declaration, Mrs. Charlotte Osei called President Mahama and asked him to find out from the military high command whether it was safe to go ahead and declare the results.

When Manasseh interviewed Mrs. Charlotte Osei for the book, she explained that the declaration of the results had security implications, which was the reason she called the President to get the greenlight from the military.

“But was that the norm in a democracy like Ghana? Why would the military, which was not a party to the election, need to give clearance before such an announcement was made? If it was about security, this was an internal affair and the police were in charge of security. So why was the military’s green light required before the announcement of the results of a civilian election?” Manasseh Azure Awuni writes in the book.

“A search for answers further revealed an intriguing role the Ghana Armed Forces played and how a misstep in their operations could have marred the process,” Manasseh continues.

Manasseh revealed in the book that President John Mahama also met the top commanders of the military before conceding defeat.

“It was between President Mahama and the top hierarchy of the military at the president’s residence before he conceded defeat. The soldiers at that meeting were the CDS (the highest officer of Ghana’s military), and the commanders of the Army, Airforce and Navy. President Mahama, as the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, was there with his chief of staff, Julius Debrah, and leading members of the NDC.

“At that meeting, the military high command briefed the president and his team about the mood in the barracks, which was that the soldiers generally welcomed the change of government. Julius Debrah, according to sources, got furious and chastised the military officers for ‘allowing the NPP to rig the election’.

“He was disappointed that, as officers who he claimed owed their positions to President Mahama, they could not do anything about the situation. Perhaps, he was wrong in thinking that the soldiers should owe their allegiance to Mahama because of their positions. The Army Commander, who was at the meeting, would later be elevated to the position of CDS by President Akufo- Addo. He is Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa.”

Manasseh’s book, which was launched two weeks ago, gives revealing account of the behind-the-scenes happenings in the Mahama administration.

It also gives details of some important happenings in the 2016 election, including the meetings between Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, President Mahama, and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo before and after the polls.

 

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Uber removes cancellation fees it charges on cancelled trips

Ridesharing giant Uber has announced the removal of cancellation fees it charges on trips that are cancelled by either drivers or riders.

In the circular sent to all stakeholders, the company explained that after careful study of the market, it has come to realise that removing the trip cancellation charges will ensure that the Uber platform remains the best option for all.

Now going forward if you are 5 minutes late, drivers may choose to cancel the request with no penalty.

The circular reads:

Cancellation fees on Uber have now been removed. This means that no charges will be applied on cancelled trips.

At Uber, we are always monitoring market dynamics and fare structures to ensure our app continues to be the best option for you.

Our data shows that cancellation fees often dissuade you from taking a trip; removing them will have a minimal impact on drivers’ overall earnings while encouraging you to take more trips.
Please note, if you are more than 5 minutes late drivers may choose to cancel trips at no penalty to them.

This new development will definitely be welcomed by the users of the Uber app.

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Things are not as bad as today as they were when NDC was in power – Kofi Bentil

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Things are not as bad as today as they were when NDC was in power - Kofi Bentsil

Things are not as bad as today as they were when NDC was in power – Kofi Bentsil

A Vice President of IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil, has said that though things are not what Ghanaians expect under the Akufo-Addo administration, but they are far better than they were under Mahama.

Sharing his views on the botched FixtheCountry demonstration with its concomitant issues on JoyNews’ Newsfile on Saturday, May 8, 2021, Mr. Bentil indicated that much as there appears to be a lot of challenges in the system now, they cannot be worse than when John Mahama was in power.

“Things are bad but they’re not as bad as they were under Mahama. I repeat, things aren’t good but they are better than we experienced under the NDC. Our expectations have not been met but one cannot say that what we went through under Mahama was better than now. No!” he emphasized.

A group of Ghanaians, it could be recalled, began a social media campaign aimed at asking the leadership of this country to fix the system since, in their views, things have gone bad.

Dubbed ‘FixtheCountry’, the people behind it have raised issues with water supply, electricity supply, unemployment, increase in taxes and levies, general economic situation in the country as the drive behind this campaign.

A street demonstration towards baring their teeth to the Akufo-Addo administration over the aforementioned issues has been put on hold due to a restraining order against them by the Ghana Police Service citing COVID-19 restrictions.

 

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I Will Never Go Hungry Even If Kwaku Oteng Sacks Me From ABN – Captain Smart

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I Will Never Go Hungry Even If Kwaku Oteng Sacks Me From ABN – Captain Smart

I Will Never Go Hungry: The  30 days suspension of Captain Smart from Angel Broadcasting Network ABN has caused a stir among Ghanaians and people are talking and wondering why Captain Smart who recently resigned from Adom FM and joined ABN has to be put on suspension.

Well, the obvious reason may be the firebrand journalist’s continuous attack on politicians whom he feels are corrupt and not helping the nation.

Paul Adom Otchere, host of Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV had an interview with Captain Smart on his show largely on his suspension from Angel Broadcasting Network. In the interview, Smart made it clear to his critic in the industry who were rejoicing at his suspension that he will never go hungry even if the founder of the media company sacks him.

He also revealed that his suspension is for a month and that after it has expired he will go back to the radio station and continue his work as usual.

He said, “I have brain, my brain is working so there is no way I will go hungry even if the president of ABN decides to terminate my contract”.

“If Kweku Oteng says he cannot work with me again, Praise God, I will leave and will never get hungry because I’m not a lazy person, Yes my brain works. So I called Doc and he said people in government are calling him and the government is using the Ghana Revenue Authority because they say I talk too much” he added.

 

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