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Press Releases of Friday, 14 October 2016

Source: NUGS

We don’t know Luqman as nugs president- NUGS speaks

Greetings to all concerned stakeholders and students of Ghana who I
represent as President.

Our attention has been drawn to claims by one Luqman Abubakari carrying
himself as President of the National Union of Ghana Students. Whilst his
claims to the presidency are ridiculous, lacks the sincerity and truth thereof, I
am by all means obliged to set the records straight.

For the records, I am still in post as the NUGS PRESIDENT; the only
legitimate president until I hand over.

Indeed at our recently concluded Annual National Residential Delegates
Congress in Hohoe, delegates drawn from various institutions across the
country voted and elected Mr Julian M. Cobbinah as NUGS President for the
2016/17 academic year. The congress organized under EC supervision at the
St. Francis College of Education, Hohoe is the only legitimate avenue
recognized by our sovereign constitution concerning where and when
national executives of the Union are elected.
The said gentleman carrying himself as NUGS President has no legitimate
right to that title of our noble union. At NUGS, we elect our national leaders
and under no circumstance do we appoint leaders. Before NUGS congress
could even begin, Luqman encouraged by detractors of the union appointed
himself as president because he lacks the courage and temerity to stand for a
competitive elections. The last we heard, he is carrying himself as president
when the current NUGS President has not left office yet. As such, Luqman is
an imposter and we entreat all and sundry to refrain from dealing with him
in any capacity whatsoever.

As we speak, the said imposter is languishing in the cells of the Regional

Yussif Ali
Justina Panford
McMartey Lawer
Maud Abdul Korah
Police Headquarters after he with the support of tugs " Macho men" tried to
abduct the NUGS President-Elect, Julian M. Cobbinah as he was about to
speak on News @10 by TV3.
As a law abiding organisation, we entreat the police to let the law have its
course to serve as deterrent to individuals who would want to perpetuate evil
in the Union’s name.
The leadership of NUGS takes strong exceptions to media reports that there
are two rival NUGS groups. As it stands now, there is only one National
Union of Ghana Students and I remain the president until I dutifully
handover to the Julian M. Cobbinah led administration as stipulated by the
NUGS constitution.
Our disappointment knows no bounds at the conduct of some media houses,
who failed to verify claims by the imposter Luqman and his entourage of
desperate ‘wanna bes’.
As the fourth estate of the realm and watchdogs of society, the media plays an
important role in the functioning of our social systems. It is for this reason we
find some media reports of the false claims by Luqman and his surrogates
case most unfortunate.
For clarity sake the media must take note that all true and valid NUGS
circulars directed to the media henceforth shall come on the letterhead of
NUGS signed by the President. The media MUST therefore disregard
statement purported to be coming from NUGS which doesn't have these
We also want to place on record that it is the embattled Press and
Information Secretary of the Union in the person of Thomas Takyi with
contact number 0546060200 who is the architect of this malevolence. We
consequently warn the media NOT to give him the platform to speak or
publish on NUGS issues as all NUGS correspondence must be directed to the
NUGS President who has undersigned this as the constitutionally mandated
Chief Spokesperson of the Union.
We also use this opportunity to invite all media houses to a press briefing on
this and other related matters on Monday, October 17, 2016 at the NUGS
Office at the Accra City Campus of the University of Ghana at 9am.
It is important to remind the media of their crucial role towards the
resolution of this impasse and we consequently implore you to be on the side
of truth and peace and not be conduits for this divisionism plan being carried
out by the detractors of the Students Movement in Ghana.
Having said this, we the current leadership of NUGS only recognize Julian
Mawuse Cobbinah and the other executives elect. We entreat all stakeholders
particularly the media to disregard any attention seeking venture of Luqman
or any of his surrogates. On the other hand, we will not hesitate to take
drastic measures against any entity that deals with any ‘unrecognized’
individual in the name of NUGS.
We also wish to offer our utmost support to Mr Julian Mawuse Cobbinah as
he treats bruises he received from the attack at the premises of TV 3. The
entire leadership of NUGS is solidly behind you as students of Ghana chose
you to lead them.
Finally, we are using this release to call on the media and the general public
NOT to give room to those imposters in the name of NUGS. Again, we are
sending a stern warning to the imposter of a certain self-acclaimed NUGS
President, Abubakari Luqman and his shameless self-acclaimed executives to
steer clear of the Union’s affairs. We shall refer them to the appropriate law
enforcement agencies to deal with them accordingly.
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