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Bernard Mornah loses PNC chairmanship; Apasera elected flagbearer

Moses Dani Baah has dethroned Bernard Mornah as the National Chairman of the Peoples National Convention (PNC).

For the flagbearship slot of the PNC, David Apasera has beaten Rev Samuel Adjei-Debrah and Sampson Asaki Awingobit.

The PNC held its congress Wednesday [September 30, 2020] to elect its flag bearer for the 2020 presidential election and national executive officers to steer the affairs of the party for the next four years.

For the National Chairman slot, Bernard Mornah got 1266 votes as against Moses Dani Baah’s 1297 votes.

Janet Asana Nabla emerged as the General Secretary for the PNC with 1312 votes as against that of Kobe McDonald’s 230 votes and that of Emmanuel Wilson Jnr’s 1041 votes.

For the Vice Chairman slot, Henry Haruna Asante won with 1729 votes against that of Omar Ahmed Bekure’s 635, Eugene T.K. Bashiru’s 375 and Hajia Hajara Musah Ali’s 946 votes.



Northern Development Forum presents Northern Ghana Development Policy Paper to the Peoples’ National Convention Party

The Northern Development Forum (NDF) has presented a policy paper to the Peoples’ National Convention Party (PNC) at a brief ceremony held at the conference room of the STAR Ghana Foundation in Accra on Wednesday 11th March 2020. The policy paper described as the `Transformation Agenda` is a culmination of priority initiatives of the people of Northern Ghana. The document is for the consideration of the PNC in its manifesto ahead of the December 2020 general elections in Ghana.

Speaking ahead of the presentation, Major (Rtd) Albert Don-Chebe, Chairman of the Northern Development Forum, expressed his hope that the PNC will factor the policy document in the development of their manifesto ahead of the December 2020 general elections in Ghana. 


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PNC accuses Bernard Mornah of disrespecting party leadership

The People’s National Convention (PNC) has criticized their party chairman, Bernard Mornah, for attending a function with suspended General Secretary, Atik Mohammed, an action they consider a breach of their party’s constitution.

According to the Communications Director of the PNC, Emmanuel Wilson, Mr. Mornah was in the company of the suspended General Secretary Atik Mohammed at a recent meeting organized by President Akufo-Addo for political party leaders.

We got the notification that the National Chairman was at the Flagstaff house with the suspended General Secretary. Now if you look at our constitution, one duty of the members of the party is that, they are supposed to uphold decisions of the National Executive Council and decisions of the leadership of the party at all cost, and so for the National Chairman to attend a function, with a suspended General Secretary, it means that the National Chairman has deliberately decided to breach the provisions of our constitution,” he said.

This Emmanuel Wilson said was inappropriate, especially when the party has suspended Atik Mohammed, a decision the Chairman is well aware of.


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Bernard Mornah’s reaction to CID invitation; I only cautioned the EC

Chairman of the Peoples National Convention (PNC), Mr Bernard Mornah has said he only cautioned the Electoral Commission (EC) on the chaos that could come up should it decide to go ahead with the new voters’ registration exercise.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has invited Mr Mornah to assist with an investigation it is conducting into an allegation of threat against the EC, should it decide to go ahead with the compilation of a new voter’s register in late June 2020.

Mr Mornah who reiterated that he made the statement at a press conference on May 26, 2020, organised by the Inter-Party Resistance Against New Register (IPRAN) insisted that “I have nothing to run away from. The Electoral Commission is messing our democracy and we must do everything to resist and we will resist it. There is nothing that will allow us to sit down and allow this Electoral Commission to slip our democracy away from the peace and stability that we have enjoyed.”


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Contempt application against Bernard Mornah

The Supreme Court has adjourned the contempt application against Bernard A. Mornah, the Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) to July 21.

A Supreme Court Clerk adjourned the cases listed for today, including Mr Mornah’s contempt application.

Mornah has been cited for contempt after he allegedly encouraged Ghanaians to disregard a Supreme Court order for the Electoral Commission to compile a new voters’ register pursuant to C.I 126, which excluded the old voters’ ID cards as a basis for identification.

The PNC Chairman, who is the convener of a body styled as the Inter-Party Resistance Against the New Voters’ Register (IPRAN), is said to have called for a resistance against the decision of the EC to compile a new register for the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.

He reportedly called on Ghanaians to go out with their old voters’ cards “if it is the only form of identification they have and demand their right to be registered”.

A seven-member panel of the apex court on June 25, this year, affirmed the ECs independence in deciding not to accept the old voters’ cards and birth certificates as a proof of eligibility of an applicant for the compilation of the new voters’ register, which has since began.

The panel presided over by the Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, in a unanimous decision, also ordered the EC to compile a new register pursuant to Constitutional Instrument 126 (C.I. 126), which was passed by Parliament.

The Court, subsequently, ordered all stakeholders and Ghanaians eligible to vote to comply with Articles 42 and 45 of the Constitution and C.I 126 for the exercise.

The Attorney General (AG), however, held that the comments by Mr Mornah contradicted the express orders of the apex Court for the old cards to be excluded from the list of documents for identification.

It averred that Mornah, by that, had admonished Ghanaians to act in disobedience of the explicit orders of the Supreme Court of Ghana.

The AG, per the suit, is, therefore, urging the Court to commit Mr Mornah to prison to serve as a deterrent and maintain trust and dignity in the highest court of the land.

Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, a Deputy Attorney General, averred that Mornah by virtue of that statement accused the Supreme Court of denying Ghanaians of their right to citizenship and their inalienable right, thereby courting contempt and disaffection for the court.

He argued that: “The act by the respondent is calculated at bringing the authority of a court of competent jurisdiction into disrepute, and in the event, ultimately interfere with and obstruct the due administration of justice.

“The conduct of the respondent was clearly intended to subvert the judgment of this honourable court and same was out of disrespect for the court authority under the Constitution,” Mr. Dame stated.

“The respondent’s willful conduct, as aforesaid, was calculated at bringing the authority of a court of competent jurisdiction into disrepute, and in the event, ultimately interfere with and obstruct the due administration of justice.

“That respondent’s disregard of the authority of this court makes him liable to be committed to prison in order to vindicate the undoubted authority of the court”.



Ghana needs innovative CJ – Mornah

The chairman of the People’s National Convention, Bernard Mornah, believes Ghana needs a Chief Justice who is innovative to make the Judiciary “functional”.

“We need an innovative Chief Justice who will step sometimes beyond her limit of work and can go out there to bring in certain things that will make the judiciary functional,” Mornah said. “It just appears that a new chief justice will carry on with what exists, and therefore innovation and others appear to be absent in her work.”

Speaking on Radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji, Mornah stressed, “I felt sad that, it appears, the new chief justice to-be will not bring anything dramatic to the Supreme Court or to our justice delivery.”

Justice Sophia Akuffo faced the Appointments Committee of Parliament Friday in a vetting session which lasted for about five hours. She is in line to become Ghana’s second female chief justice.

She has been a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana for the past two decades. Justice Akuffo trained as a lawyer under Nana Akufo-Addo and had her Masters in Law (LLM) from the Harvard University in the United States.

She has been a member of the Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and the Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force.

In January 2006 she was elected one of the first judges of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights initially elected for two years, she was subsequently re-elected until 2014 and is at present serving as Vice-President of the Court.



Dress Ghanaian – Mornah to Akufo-Addo

Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah, has accused President Nana Akufo-Addo, of not helping the local garment industry by choosing to wear a suit to deliver his maiden State of the Nation Address.

The President wore a black suit over a white shirt and grey tie on Tuesday, 21 February, when he delivered his maiden address at parliament.

Commenting on the outfit of the President,   Mr. Mornah expressed shock and urged him to be more African in his outlook.

“My son who is sitting at home and watching the President say he is going to ensure the growth of the local garment sector and seeing him come to Parliament dressed in suit;  isn’t he supposed to have worn a local garment instead of the suit, even on his inauguration he wore Kente.

“If the president wants to showcase his readiness for all of us to emulate him, then I think that he must appreciate that when he talks of promoting the local garment industry [and he wants] all of us to be excited about it, then the only way he can ensure that is, he must patronize the local garment”.



Mandatory towing levy clear thievery – PNC’s Mornah

The national chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) Bernard Mornah has described as “thievery” a move by government to introduce mandatory towing levy.

Parliamentary select committee on Roads and Transport okayed the payment of the implementation of the policy Wednesday despite stern public backlash.

The committee said having perused the details of the proposal presented by the national road safety commission and the transport ministry, it is of the view that the initiative will be good for the country considering the spate of accidents.

Mr. Mornah, however, disagreed, labeling the decision as “sickening.”

According to him, the government’s insistence on introduction of the policy is clear indication of attempts to rob “citizens to satisfy an individual.”

He added, “Honestly speaking, this is one of the sad things that you can see a government pushing to get done when it is clear that ‘Masa, Sika die Asem Naaba.’ I can’t think far.

“It is an unnecessary levy. It is more than nuisance levy. It is an attack on the collective intelligence of the people of Ghana. It is an assault on us by the state to come and take from us and go and give it to some individuals.

“Please we cannot use the cohesive hands of the state to force citizens to do something that everybody has seen that…it is a robbery. Mr. President, listen to the voice of the people that this thievery…the people of Ghana we have seen before it can even start, so stop.”

Fees per year for both commercial and non-commercial vehicles, depending on tonnage, range from GHS20 to GHS200. The program was suspended by the government in June after massive public opposition.



MMT Scandal: Board not competent enough to conduct probe – Mornah

The national chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) Bernard Mornah has cast doubt over the competence of the committee tasked to investigate the alleged financial malfeasance at the Metro Mass Transit limited.

The board of the MMT has announced it is setting up an internal committee to investigate the bus-purchase scandal that has rocked the firm.

The decision was taken after Starr News investigations uncovered financial and administrative irregularities in the award of contract for some 300 new buses for the company.

The Managing Director Bennette Aboagye and his personal assistant, have been ordered to proceed on leave with immediate effect over the allegation.

The head of procurement, Rose Owusu, is also facing accusations of possible complicity in the alleged corruption scandal.

She has been heard in a leaked audio tape powering and spoon-feeding Ankai Company Ltd ahead of rival competitors in  the bid to provide the 300 buses for the MMT.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Mornah told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Friday that an independent investigative agency must be allowed to probe the transport company.

“The MD has been asked to stay off work. On what basis was this decision made? Was it because of the allegations or bringing the issue to lime light? I think some independent institutions could come in and have the board sit aside and investigate the issue thoroughly. I don’t think the committee is competent enough to handle such matters. This is the same board he worked with in the line of his job. Why do you ignore EOCO and ask the board who have maybe participated in the deal,” he said.

The call comes on the heels of a similar concern by the former corruption adviser to former President Mahama, Daniel Bartidam, who told Starr News that a different body will do a better job than an internal one.



Stop sharing Kan Dapaah’s leaked video – Mornah appeals

Chairman for the People’s National Convention Bernard Mornah has cautioned the public from sharing the leaked video involving National Security Chairman Albert Kan Dapaah.

In his opinion, anyone could have been a victim in the scenario and as such condemns the act.

The minister was seen in a leaked video engaging in an amorous conversation with his side-chick whiles on a national assignment.

Mr Mornah wrote on Facebook  “I woke up to a very dangerous and disgusting video involving our national security minister. I think it’s very bad to tarnish a man’s image to this level. Which of us have not been involved in intimacy such that we give confidence into another person? I condemn this with the energy at my command and please desist from sharing the video with me.”