Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper has claimed that the person who secretly recorded the viral video of then-candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, taking the $40,000 cash in a brown envelope is one Salis Yakubu Atsuluho of ‘The Salis newspaper’.
Baako disclosed that he introduced the said Salis Yakubu Atsuluho to Anas Aremeyaw Anas of the New Crusading Guide fame.
Anas is a protégé of Baako’s, and Anas has obviously trained Salis Yakubu Atsuluho.
According to Kweku Baako Jnr, the video was recorded in October 2016 when Nana Akufo-Addo, who was then the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), was seeking to unseat former President John Dramani Mahama.
Kweku Baako Jnr. explained on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo Morning Show on Wednesday that the video recordings are two: one is fake and the other, original, but both videos contain similar or the same scenes.
“I just don’t know how I feel,” Baako admitted, “This gentleman, Salis Yakubu Atsuluho, is the guy behind The Salis newspaper. The guy who did the secret recording of candidate Akufo-Addo”.
When asked by Kwami Sefa Kayi, the host of the show, to confirm if he knew that for a fact, Baako retorted “sure, sure”.
“Look, this is a guy [that] I influenced his entry into ‘Tiger Eye PI’, that’s why I said I don’t know how I feel; and in four, five months, Anas dismissed him.”
Baako recounted that in 2006, Salis Yakubu approached him at the Labone Coffee Shop and indicated that “he used to be an NDC activist, but now an NPP activist, and tried to contest on the party’s ticket at Yapei-Kusawgu constituency.”
“He is a political prostitute […….] of the highest order and I regret myself…,” Baako said.
Baako stated further that when the verbal war of words on Anas Aremeyaw Anas started about two years ago, and before “Who watches the watchman – Part 1”, the ‘Salis newspaper’ which was mostly published online alleged that he, Kweku Baako secretly recorded Nana Akufo-Addo.
“Anas went to show [President Akufo-Addo] excerpts of Number 12 and the case got deflated in court,” Baako said.
About the video:
Two videos with the same setting and scenery but with different narrations are currently in circulation. One of the videos sought to suggest President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was influenced with an amount of $40,000 concealed in a brown envelope.
In the video, Alhaji Abass Awolu, Director of the Department of Urban Roads, according to the narration, sent a delegation to the President’s Nima residence.
“They were led to the president by Dr. Adjei Bawuah, Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States. In his company were a woman and a man who were introduced as wife and brother of the Director of Urban Roads.”
A voice purported to be the man introduced as a brother of Alhaji Abass Awolu is heard pleading with Akufo-Addo to pay deaf ears to some allegations against Alhaji Abass, stressing it is a plot by detractors who are bent on tarnishing his image and eventually seeing him kicked out of office.
Akufo-Addo after the supposed plea for clemency is seen receiving a hefty brown envelope from Ambassador Bawuah which according to the narrator contained $40,000 being presented on behalf of Alhaji Abass. While at it, the voice of the man purported to be the brother of Alhaji Abass is heard stating that the package is from Alhaji Abass who has been advised by some people to take that action or risk removal from office.
“He has been advised by some people to come and see you with money. He says he doesn’t have much except this $40,000. He is pleading with you not to remove him from office. He also assures never to disappoint you if he is maintained.”
The second video, however, portrays something different. Although the scene and personalities are the same, the conversation is entirely different and the donation doesn’t seem to bribe the president. The unseen man, who the narration claims is the brother of Alhaji Abass, is rather heard discussing how they could assist in the electioneering campaign.
Three personalities, Ambassador Bawuah, a lady, and a third guest, a man whose face is not captured, are seen in candidate Akufo-Addo’s home to offer resources in order to grease the wheels of his campaign.
“Please accept this 40,000 in addition to the T-shirts for now. Later, we will communicate to you how else we can contribute to this,” the male voice said.
In both videos, Akufo-Addo after receiving the envelope requested for a name. He said, “I need to have a name” to which the lady replied, “Hajia Fawzia”. It is unclear what Akufo-Addo needed the name for.
Video: Bawumia shouldn’t contest for NPP flag bearer-ship to save his life – Prophet Kofi Amponsah – ghanapublisher.com
Prophet Kofi Amponsah, the leader and the founding President of House of Ezra Prayer Center Worldwide Ministry in Asonomaso Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region has given a shocking revelation on the vice president of Ghana, His Excellency Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia.
In a video cited by ghanapublisher.com, the prophets is seen saying without mincing words that, the vice president should avoid showing interest in the 2024 NPP Flag bearer-ship contest if he wants to have a long life.
In recent activities regarding who succeeds the president in NPP in 2024 elections, a lot of wranglings has started happening in the NPP with faction creation in the party on the side of some stalwart like Dr. Bawumiah, Alan Kyeremateng and Dr Afriyie Atoko with breaking the 8 agenda as proposed by the NPP party.
Watch the video below
Breaking the eight (8), NPP must be guided by history – Sir Obama – ghanapublisher.com
After the overthrow of Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia’s government on 13th January, 1972, the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition began to have its own internal problems: Two heavyweights – Victor Owusu and William Ofori-Atta (hereafter referred to as Paa Willie), high profile members of the Busia-led Progress Party (PP) of the 2nd Republic had difficulties in regrouping to launch a party to “fight” the 1979 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Differences emerged amongst them prior to the formation of a distinct political party to contest the election. Majority of the group led by Victor Owusu, a renowned lawyer and a former Attorney-General under Busia’s government formed the Popular Front Party (PFP) and became its flagbearer. (He garnered 70 votes as against his main contender, Alhaji Yakubu Tali’s 36 who became his running-mate in their internal election. Other aspirants in that contest were; Dr. Kwame Safo-Adu, J.H. Mensah (senior minister under Kufuor’s government), Kwesi Lamptey, Saki Schek, A Chinbua and B.D. Addae.)
Ironically, personalities such as Dr. Obed Asamoah, Sam Okudzeto (Council of State Member), E.R. Madjetey, etc who belonged to Komla Gbedemah’s National Alliance of Liberals (NAL) who were in opposition to the Progress Party in the 2nd Republican Parliament formed the United National Convention (UNC) and settled on Paa Willie who had almost retired from active politics as its flagbearer.
The UNC, apart from having some NAL elements as its core members, also had “new faces” like General Amankwaa Afrifa (a former military Head of State), Peter Ala-Adjetey (a former Speaker of Parliament under Kufuor), the venerable Harry Sawyerr (former Minister of Education under Rawlings), vintage Adu Boahen (first presidential candidate of the NPP) among others who were “not known or active members” of the Progress Party of the 2nd Republic. The animosity between the PFP and UNC kept widening by the day.
Alhaji Imoru Egala, founder of the People’s National Party (PNP), a chip of Kwame Nkrumah’s CPP block took advantage of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition’s woes and sponsored the candidacy of Dr. Hilla Limann to contest the election. He (Egala) was then serving a 12-year ban imposed by the Supreme Court which prohibited all CPP appointees in the first Republic from holding public offices.
The stage became ripe for the conduct of the September 18, 1979 election: there were 140 Parliamentary seats and ten (10) presidential candidates on the ballot paper. At the end of voting, none of the presidential candidates met the constitutional requirement of fifty percent plus one vote (50%+1) pushing the election into a runoff. Below is the list of candidates and their percentage score of the total valid votes cast during the first round:
1. Hilla Limann- People’s National Party [PNP]=35%
2. Victor Owusu- Popular Front Party [PFP]=29%
3. William Ofori Atta- United National Convention [UNC]=17%
4. Frank Bernasko- Action Congress Party [ACP]=9%
5. Ibrahim Mahama- Social Democratic Front [SDF]=3.72%
6. John Bilson – [Third Force Party]=2.75%
7. R. P. Baffour -[Independent]= 0.49%
8. Kwame Nyanteh- [Independent]=0.47%
9. Mark Diamond Addy- [Independent]=0.33%
10. Imoru Ayarna- [Independent]=0.27%
As stated above, the election was forced into a runoff on 8th July, 1979 between the first two leading candidates – Dr. Hilla Limann of the People’s National Party (PNP) and Victor Owusu of the Popular Front Party (PFP).
In a dramatic and bizarre fashion, the UNC elements, under the leadership of Paa Willie threw their support behind Dr. Hilla Limann(an Nkrumahist) to win the second round election with a whooping 62% of the valid votes. All efforts by the PFP leadership to get their breakaway brothers to support them fell on death ears.
The Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition, due to internal wrangling, at this stage had sold its “precious jewellery” to the PNP at a “wholesale price”. A simple arithmetic of the results in the first round between the PFP (29%) and UNC(17%) should help one to appreciate the drift. Victor, as the flagbearer of the Danquah-Busia front, would have garnered at least 46% and this would have made it easier for him to win in the second round. This explains why Victor Owusu is mostly described as “Ghana’s President Who Never Was.”
The results of the parliamentary election were quite interesting: Limann’s PNP secured 71 seats as against Victor’s PFP – 42, Paa Willie’s UNC-13, Col. Bernarsko’s ACP-10, Ibrahim Mahama’s SDF-3, Third Force Party-0, with 1 Independent. Near Hung Parliament, it was, akin to the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic – no overwhelming majority seats in the august House. It’s also obvious from the forgoing figures that PFP was far popular than the UNC.
MORAL LESSON: even before president Akufo-Addo is done forming a government for his second and last term, there are already calls for his successor ahead of the 2024 election. Notable among the list of flagbearer aspirants are the sitting Vice President, H.E. Dr. Mahamoud Bawumia and Trade Minister, Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng.
Unfortunately, the campaign methodology adopted by ‘apologists’ of these two disguised politicians in the media, particularly on social media has regrettably been pernicious. Civility and decorousness appear to have been thrown to the wind. This should be a cause for worry to all true lovers of the party who want us to break the eight years cycle.
It’s against this backdrop that I appeal to the rank and file of the NPP to be guided by the past. Let’s remember the 1979 historical facts, juxtapose it to the 2007 Legon Conference with 17 flagbearer aspirants which led us into opposition in 2008 as we campaign for our preferred candidate/successor for H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Let’s not lose sight of the fact that, our (NPP) ability to “Break The 8” depends on two things: the government’s performance in its second term and how we (rank and file) conduct ourselves during, before and after our internal elections. Circumspection, tolerance, respect and self-restraint are critical necessities at this stage. We can’t afford to compromise these virtues. Nothing more, nothing less! Have a good day.
Forget 2024 without Bawumia as flagbearer – NPP Northern Regional Chairman- ghanapublisher.com
The 5 Northern region Npp supporters Chairman, Chairman Addrisu Atta has urged the ruling New Patriotic party (Npp) to let the current Vice President of Ghana H.E Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia to lead the Party in 2024.
Is not that am a Northerner that is why am canvassing for the vice president to become the Flagbearer of the party in 2024 but the message is clear “he said”
With an interview with Konfanko tv, he said, the reason is simple when you look at NPP, our tradition is Danquah, Busia and Dombo. Now it is the turn of the Dombo’s to lead. This will clear the perception that NPP is Akan Party. We have big trust in Dr. Bawumia to be a good President. He has done a great job for Government and even the NPP 2020 Campaign. How he increased the Northern votes is a sign that if he leads the NPP, there is no doubt that the NPP can win again in 2024 to stay in Power if Dr.Bawumia leads NPP”.
He emphasize that,the party stands a better chance of winning the 2024 Presidential election should Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia who is from Dombo tradition leads the party.
However, Chairman Rambo added that, It is time for the NPP and the entire country regardless of your tribe to unite and support Dr. Bawumia to continue the good work of Nana Akufo Addo who brought him to serve as his vice president, if Dr. Bawumia becomes the President, His win will bring unity because many people think a Muslim cannot lead NPP so it is time to change this perception.”