Allegation of Interfering in NIA Ghana Cards Registration Saga: Suaman NPP Exposes NDC lies

LEADERSHIP of the Suaman Constituency of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP ) in Western North Region have vented their spleen on the members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for wrongly accusing the members of the NPP in the area of deeply interfering in Ghana National Indetification cards registration exercise carried by the officials of the National Identification Authority(NIA) in Suaman District.

At a crowded press conference which waa addressed by Western North Regional Communications Director of the NPP, Sir Felix Foster Ackah recently, the NPP denied allegations leveled against the party for interfering in the activities of the NIA Ghana cards registration exercise that took place recently at Suaman.

Flanked by the Suaman Constituency Communications Director of the NPP, Philip Kwabena Boahen and Suaman Constituency Secretary of the NPP, Mr Paul Boahen, Mr Ackah described as unfounded allegations and propaganda the opposition NDC has levelled against the New Patriotic Party by their propaganda machineries.

According to him, the degree of political immaturity the NDC is demonstrating in the Western North Region is very bad and inappropriate, adding that the NDC has once again failed to distinguish between estimated values and actual values so they keep on using estimated values instead of actual values.

He pointed out that estimated values are not real so if they claimed Two hundred and seventy-six thousand three hundred and seventy-five( 276,375) people representing 51. 12% have been denied their cards in the Region then “we are giving them three (3) days from today to come out with the details of those people District by District.”

“He who alleges must prove it. The National Identification Authority(NIA) is a body which operates with rules and regulations so the NDC cannot set rules and regulations for them to operate. And if the NDC wishes were not met it does not mean NIA operated contrary to the law.

“Moreso, nobody was prevented from registering at the centre. The worse someone who suspects somebody as alien can do is to challenge the person but has no power to physically prevent the person from registering,” Mr Ackah noted.

He asserted that the NDC always wants to create enmity between northners and the New Patriotic Party at Suaman.

He noted that the NDC believes that, there are no northners in the New Patriotic Party. It will interest you to know that most of our constituency executives, electoral area Co-ordinators and polling station executives are northners.

According to him, the NDC only do this to secure political points adding that . the NPP chapter at suaman has helped the northners in diverse ways and will not listen to this cheap propaganda to support Joseph Bertino who has failed Suaman District totally with his abysmal performance as an immediately past District Chief Executive(DCE) who ignored his own countrymen from the Western North Region during his tenure in office.

Consequently, he indicated that they are facing a toughest time to campaign among the northners when they go round for campaigning, saying that “So they have now resorted to dirty campaigning to redeem their image from the northners.”

He said the the NDC should know that the northers are discerning and will vote base on the performance of the two (2) political parties and not on cheap politics.

He was of the view of that because the NDC has lost the grounds in suaman they are now resorting to dirty politics as usual on the media air waves but Suaman NPP is very focused to annex the seat from them by dint of hard work.

Below is the press conference by the NPP

PRESS COVERAGE ADDRESSED BY THE SUAMAN COMMUNICATION DIRECTORATE OF THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY, ON THE ALLEGATIONS LEVELLED AGAINST THE PARTY INTERFERING IN THE ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION AUTHORITY(NIA) REGISTRATION EXERCISE THAT TOOK PLACE RECENTLY AT SUAMAN CONSTITUENCY.  THURSDAY 4TH JUNE 2020.

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the media. We thank you for hounouring our invitation notwithstanding its short notice.

We thank the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo for his excellent leadership role in managing the covid19 pandemic situation in Ghana. So far so good Suaman District has not recorded a single case irrespective of the surrounding border towns.

Well, we invited you here this afternoon to explain some unfounded allegations and propaganda the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) has levelled against the New Patriotic Party by their propaganda machineries.

The degree of political immaturity the NDC is demonstrating in the Region is very bad and inappropriate. The National Democratic Congress(NDC) has once again failed to distinguish between estimated values and actual values so they keep on using estimated values instead of actual values.

Estimated values are not real so if they claimed Two hundred and seventy-six thousand three hundred and seventy-five( 276,375) people representing 51.12% have been denied their cards in the Region then we are giving them three (3) days from today to come out with the details of those people District by District.

He who alleges must prove it. The National Identification Authority(NIA) is a body which operates with rules and regulations so the NDC cannot set rules and regulations for them to operate. And if the NDC wishes were not met it does not mean NIA operated contrary to the law.

Moreso, nobody was prevented from registering at the centre. The worse someone who suspects somebody as alien can do is to challenge the person but has no power to physically prevent the person from registering.

The NDC always wants to create enmity between northners and the New Patriotic Party at Suaman. The NDC believes that, there are no northners in the New Patriotic Party. It will interest you to know that most of our constituency executives, electoral area Co-ordinators and polling station executives are northners.

They only do this to secure political points. The NPP chapter at suaman has helped the northners in diverse ways and will not listen to this cheap propaganda to support Joseph Bertino who has failed Suaman District totally with his abysmal performance as an immediately past District Chief Executive(DCE) who ignored his own countrymen from the north during his tenure in office.

Consequently, they are facing a toughest time to campaign among the northners when they go round for campaigning. So they have now resorted to dirty campaigning to redeem their image from the northners.

The NDC should know that the northers are discerning and will vote base on the performance of the two (2) political parties and not on cheap politics.

 Ladies and Gentlemen let us quickly go through the issues the National Democratic Congress(NDC) referred to as real issues that characterized the NIA registration exercise in suaman District during that period.

First and foremost, the party never placed anybody at any centre purposely to have access to the NIA documents.

SETH OWUSU is a Ghanaian who could also go to the centre just like the NDC fellows who could go round the registration centres on timely basis. Do we also say that the NDC leaders who went round also did so to prevent the people from registering?

Unfortunately, on one fateful occasion of their usual errands the unacceptable and highly disgraceful act happened.

The suaman constituency chairman Mr. Rockson Asiedu of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) party issued a dirty slap to that same boy SETH OWUSU for just being around the registration center. In fact, we were surprised upon hearing that the so called chairman for the main opposition party NDC exhibited such a shameful and disheartening behavior because the society think highly of him and he could have followed the due procedure if he wasn’t satisfied with the scene.

We thank God he finally realized his mistake and rendered an unqualified apology to the victim’s family  together with his constituency secretary and other executives.

The NPP party reported the case to the police but later withdrew it from the police custody to be settled home by the third party’s family intervention.

Even with all the attacks poised and purported to cause fear and panic at the various registration centers by the NDC fraternity at suaman, the NPP still held back whatsoever.

I must say emphatically that; the New Patriotic Party never interfered in any of the NIA activities at suaman during the exercise.

Moreover, the NPP Parliamentary Candidate Mr. Frederick Addy did not in any way connive or lure any NIA official to influence them.

He only refreshed the team after the registration exercise and this is not the first time he has extended his appreciation to visitors like this.

So if the NDC people are not matured to show appreciations to visitors they should rather keep mute. There is nothing wrong in showing appreciation to visitors.

The refreshment was a sign of appreciation and similar programs took place in the neighboring districts for the same course.

As indicated earlier, there were security men present in each of the centers and that nobody was physically prevented from registering. It is so unfortunate, the NDC as the main opposition party could make such vague statements.

As a matter of fact, nobody’s card was withheld by any NPP person. The exercise was non-partisan so what locus will NPP have to keep people cards.

This is a mere allegations. If Mr. Amos K. Tando suaman NDC constituency organizer alleged to have taken fifty (50) cards from an NPP official and distributed to the required people, who was that official and why didn’t he also report the case to the District Registration Officer or the security personnel for the necessary actions to be taken.

Once again, there was no single centre where commissioner of oath was absent for three (3) days.

Are they(NDC) the only people in the district? Whom did they report this issue to since there was a District Registration Officer.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Yussif Justice has never kept any card so I challenge the one who has in his custody these alleged cards to be further interrogated and investigated.

Mr. Yussif Justice only got his house burnt and also lost an amount of Seven Thousand Ghana cedis (GH€7,00) in the process so we can confidently say that the person with the alleged burnt cards sets Mr Yussif Justice’s house ablazed. How come the whole house got burnt to ashes and the NIA cards alone never got burnt.

The question is where is the lost money too? We have strong conviction that the same person with the purported burnt cards took the money only if the allegations raised thereafter were true.

If indeed NDC claimed they found these cards in the burnt house, did they report this unfortunate issue to the appropriate quarters such as the District Registration Officer or the security personnel to probe further.

Do they also have the right to keep these cards in their custody or give back to their owners?

I leave this to the public to judge. Ladies and Gentlemen it is hard time we resort to credible message to the electorates rather than pointing to some of these cheap propaganda to gain political points.

The NIA ended its registration exercise 0n 26th February 2020 including the additional four (4) days added how come the NDC are now raising these accusations. The NDC suaman is being misled by their regional chairman.

Because the NDC has lost the grounds in suaman they are now resorting to dirty politics as usual on the media air waves but Suaman NPP is very focused to annex the seat from them by dint of hard work.

Ladies and gentlemen thank you very much once again for your attention.God bless us all.

Long live Ghana

Long live NPP

Long Live SUAMAN

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