eminent media personality, Afia Pokua, popularly known as Vim Lady, has said that the outcome of support that Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, who was vying to become the NPP’s flagbearer, received, came to him as a shock.
Vim Lady, who said she has closely known the outspoken MP since 2001, explained that for most of knowing him all these years, she never once got the impression from him that he wanted to pursue a presidential ambition.
She added that, however, when he put his foot forward and got overwhelming support during the New Patriotic Party’s Super Delegates Conference, that was when he realized that he could cause an upset if he took this seriously.
Speaking from her base in the USA, via a Zoom interview with KSM on his KSM Show, Vim Lady detailed how things worked out for Kennedy Agyapong, although he had a fair idea of how loved he was by the people at the grassroots.
“If you look at the beginning of his journey of this presidential ambition to the middle, and if you analyze his commentaries, his facial expressions, his gestures, you can tell that he was shocked by how was received. He knew he was loved. He knew the grassroots people. He knew the people in the Muslim communities loved him, because every year, he would do these Salah things with them, and they had even given him a Muslim name, so he knew he was loved.
“But he underestimated how far his support would go. So, once in the middle… especially after the super delegates when the results came and he was second, he was overwhelmed. And he knew he should take this seriously. So, after the super delegates congress and the main congress, you can see he doubled up his campaign strategy and then he doubled down on the excesses,” she explained.
During the Super Delegates Conference of the NPP, Kennedy Agyapong garnered 132 votes of the total cast of 923 votes, emerging second in the race.
He further emerged second in the National Delegates Conference on November 4, 2023, again coming behind the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, with a total of 71,996, representing 35.52% of the total votes cast from the over 200,000 delegates who voted.
Let’s live harmoniously to safeguard Ghana’s peace – Peace Council on recent clashes
The National Peace Council (NPC) has called on Ghanaians to live harmoniously with each other to safeguard the country’s peace.
It has urged Ghanaians to protect “the peace and security of the country by creating and using avenues of tolerance, cooperation, and coexistence to sustain the country’s identity as an oasis of peace in Africa.”
This follows the unfortunate violent clashes in some parts of the country which have resulted in the deaths of some citizens.
Reports from Kintampo in the Bono East Region, Nkwanta in the Oti Region, and Wenchiki in the Northeast Region indicate that violence has led to the destruction of lives and property in these affected communities.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NPC reminded Ghanaians “of paragraphs (c), (d) and (i) of
article 41 of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana which states thus: The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations, and accordingly, it shall be the duty of every citizen.”
“To foster national unity and live in harmony with others; to respect the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of others, and generally to refrain from doing acts detrimental to the welfare of other persons. To co-operate with lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order.”
Read the full statement from the NPC here
Defence and National Security Ministers to appear before parliament today over Kintampo clash
The Ministers of Defence and National Security are expected to appear before the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament on Thursday, November 23, to provide a briefing on actions being taken by the government to forestall a clash between the Mo and Wangara tribes in the Kintampo North municipality.
This comes on the back of a summons by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.
According to the Member of Parliament for the area, Joseph Kwame Kumah, tensions were high when the Mo tribe requested to perform rituals within the months of November and December, coinciding with the annual Klubi festival of the Wangara community.
In response to calls for a ceasefire by the MP, the Speaker directed that the government must take immediate steps to ensure peaceful coexistence.
“As the first authorities to come to this house to brief the committee on Defense and Interior, this is an urgent matter that should be handled with dispatch. I think Thursday should be okay for the two ministers and their commanders to appear before the committee early tomorrow morning by 9 am to brief the committee. It is an urgent matter.”
“The National Security Council through their regional office should immediately intervene because the chieftaincy institution is one of the cornerstones of the peace and security of our country, and we hold that institution dearly. We will do everything to prevent that institution from falling into disarray,” he stated.
Watch how Quick Credit staff violently raided restaurant over ‘unpaid loan’
Some staff of a popular loan company, Quick Credit Ghana, stormed a local restaurant to recover a loan sum.
Videos available to GhanaWeb and shared on social media showed over half a dozen male workers in violent exchanges with the staff at the restaurant said to be located at Laterbiokoshie, a suburb of Accra.
According to a person videoing the encounter, the staff had forced their way into the facility, packed up the furniture and succeeded in locking up the place before leaving.
The video, shot in the evening, however, did not show any affected customers nor did it show any casualties.
The company has yet to issue an official statement on the development. GhanaWeb is also trying to reach out to the affected businesses.
Watch the video below:
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