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General News of Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Source: Class FM

Is Abu Ramadan still with PNC? - Bernard Mornah

Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah is asking whether the party’s former Youth Organiser Abu Ramadan is still a member of the PNC.

Responding to Mr Ramadan’s clamour for him (Mornah) to resign together with General Secretary Atik Mohammed over the Electoral Commission’s disqualification of their flag bearer Dr Edward Mahama from the presidential race over certain clerical infractions, Mr Mornah asked Prince Minkah, host of the Executive Breakfast Show on Class91.3FM: “Is he [Abu Ramadan] still with the PNC?”

“Of course he has not formally revoked his membership of the party but just ask [him] at any point in time, whether he has shown faith for any activity of the party apart from when the IEA organised the presidential encounter that he just walked pass there because the public was invited,” Mr Mornah said.

According to him, instead of jumping from one radio station to another demanding his resignation, his critics, were they “serious and concerned party member” would have rather joined forces with the national executives to resolve the matter.

In calling for Mr Mornah and Mr Mohammed’s resignation, Mr Ramadan argued that it was their duty to ensure that the nomination forms of Dr Edward Mahama were properly filled in order for the party to partake in the presidential election.

For the first time in the Fourth Republic, the PNC will not take part in a presidential election following the disqualification which Mr Ramadan blames on the two national executives.

Apart from Dr Mahama, 12 others were also disqualified. The others are: Flag bearer of the All People's Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga; Dr Agyenim Boateng of the United Front Party (UFP); Kofi Akpaloo of the Independent People's Party (IPP); Kwabena Adjei of the Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD); and former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Congress (NDP).

The others include: Dr Henry Herbert Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP); Mr Richard Nixon Tetteh (United Development Systems Party); Thomas Ward-Brew of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP); Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker, an independent candidate, and Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP). Mr Akwasi Addae Odike of the United Progressive Party's nomination is on hold pending a court case.

Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen political programme on Tuesday October 11, Mr Ramadan said: “Bernard Mornah and Atik Mohammed should resign within one week because they were supposed to have ensured that the forms were properly filled. The flag bearer could not have done it alone. The General Secretary and the National Chairman should have gone through the nominations form to ensure that it was properly filled before the submission.”

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