July 15, 2024 2:31 pm

Akufo-Addo is the most lawless president ever in Ghana – Nyaho Tamakloe

A founding member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Nyaho Nayho Tamakloe has said the way and manner the nominees for the position of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) were confirmed showed President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the most lawless President ever in Ghana’s history.

According to him, the assembly members who have been empowered by the constitution to confirm or reject the nominees were unable to cast their ballot without fear or intimidation.

This development, he said, should not be swept under the carpet because in his view, they have taken the country back.

He told journalists in Accra Thursday October 28, 2021 that “Permit me to say without any fear of contradiction that Akufo-Addo is the most lawless president Ghana has ever had and does not believe in rule of law.

“This act of his, in recent times, has found its way in our local  government system. The district, municipal and metropolitan concept, as we all know was established a year after the first democratic election  in the fourth republic to help decentralize  activities of local government  into our localities  for proper and drastic development.

This part of our country’s development requires free and fair election  process to enable  people’s representatives at the assemblies  who are responsible to determine  who is confirmed in  the respective assemblies  as the District  Chief Executive, cast  their votes without fear or favour .

“The composition of our assemblies are made up of experts, elected assembly members from the various electoral areas within the district, chiefs and opinion leaders. These people are expected to be people of integrity, conviction, mature and above all, with the development of their localities at heart.

“These people, per our constitution must at all times be allowed to vote for or against any government appointee  who  is nominated by the president without any  interference or oppression or compulsion  but by their own conviction.  This is the sole right given to the assembly members for which no one shall influence  in any shape or form  i.e by threat , intimidation , assault or pressure  that will interfere with the exercise of such rights.

“What do we see today? This government led by Nana Addo has taken our dear nation  back. Looking at happenings in the recent confirmation of Chief Executives at the various assemblies. These acts cannot be grossed over as a nation because it is undermining the democracy that we have enjoyed  for the past twenty eight years and still  counting.”

It is recalled that the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo claimed that elected assembly members were denied their constitutional right to endorse or reject persons nominated for the position of MMDCEs in the country.

Without mentioning the areas where these happenings are taking place, he alleged that in some areas, the military and other security officers are being used to block some assembly members from having access to the auditorium where the voting is taking place to perform their duties.

He made these allegations when the presidential candidate of the NDC in last year’s elections, John Dramani Mahama met the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs as part of his thank you tour on Tuesday October 12.

Mr Ofosu Ampofo was not the only one making this claim.

Members of Parliament for Cape Coast North and Cape Coast South constituencies also accused the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of using security forces including thugs to intimidate Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) members perceived to be members of the NDC to confirm the president’s nominee of Chief Executive.

According to the MPs, Kweku George Ricketts-Hagan of Cape Coast South and Kwamena Mintah Nyarko of Cape Coast North, the NPP had devised several means to ensure Ernest Arthur is forcefully confirmed.

The 2020 NPP Parliamentary Candidate for Cape Coast South failed twice to get two-thirds majority votes of assembly members after being renominated by President Akufo-Addo.

Mr Arthur, popularly known as Mayor 1, needed only four votes on Wednesday, October 6 in a second voting on his renomination to be confirmed Chief Executive.

But not even an impassioned gesture by the Central Region Minister, Marigold Assan, will move some assembly members to vote for him.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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