…Herald’s February Publication Vindicated
The National Security Council Secretariat, has denied that the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), has conducted polls together with a pollster, which predicts defeat for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the upcoming November elections.
This vindicates The Herald revelation in February this year that, the NPP, was cooking an opinion poll to “psych up supporters and raise funds for Akufo-Addo’s victory” at this year’s Presidential election.
In a press statement released on Monday, the National Security Council, had emphasized that as and when, a research or investigation of public interest is conducted, it would be put out for public consumption, if the security deems it prudent to do so.
“We would like to emphasized that as, and when, a research or investigation of public interest is conducted, it will be put out for public consumption, if the security agencies deem it prudent to do so”, the state security umbrella body said in a statement.
The Daily Guide Newspaper in its Monday June 27 edition and titled “NDC is losing 2016 says BNI Secret Report”. The paper claimed that the BNI survey report gave the NPP 51.85 percent, while the NDC garnered some 41.52 percent with the rest going for to the other contesting parties in the upcoming 2016 elections.
The statement signed by Col. EWK Nibo (rtd.) said “the Council wishes to bring to the notice of the good people of Ghana that no such report has emanated from the BNI and assure that the public that the security agencies will continue to live by their mandate and continue to discharge their professional duties to the benefit of all Ghanaians.”
The Herald on Monday, reported that with five months to Ghana’s 7th presidential and parliamentary elections, since the introduction of democratic governance, and although the main opposition NPP, is struggling to release it manifesto for the campaign, it is jumping about with a concocted “Opinion Poll” it claims the First Lady, sanctioned.
According to the NPP engineered opinion poll, the president, John Dramani Mahama, trails NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo, with 41.52 percent with the three timer, securing 51.85 percent.
The “Strictly Confidential Report” leaked by NPP insiders, was said to have been conducted by pollster, Ben Ephson of the Daily Dispatch Newspaper, alongside the BNI.
The presidential candidates were placed as follows, Ivor Greenstreet of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) 2.10 percent, People’s National Convention’s (PNC) Dr. Edward Mahama, gathering only 1.98 percent.
The rest of the possible presidential candidates, including the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Paapa Kwesi Nduom, National Democratic Party’s (NDP) Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, and Hassan Ayariga’s All People’s Congress (APC), managed a scanty total of 2.25 percent.
Mrs. Lordina Mahama, and the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), were mentioned in the document available to The Herald, as those who ordered for the conduct of the opinion poll.
The poll was said to have been released on March 3, 2016, and it covers all the ten regions of Ghana.
The regional break down indicates that, in the Ashanti Region, the stronghold of the NPP, Nana Addo, got 76.1 percent, while the president, had a paltry 18.95 percent.
Undecided voters in the Ashanti Region, were pegged at 1.0 percent, indicating the two biggest parties, may not achieve it projected 80 percent and one million votes, respectively.
In the Eastern Region, the home of the NPP’s flagbearer, he pulled 57.1 percent, while President Mahama, managed some 39.8 percent, undecided voters 1.1 percent, denying the governing party’s ambitious 50/50 agenda.
In the Central Region, where in less than a month, the president has revamped two factories; Komenda Sugar Factory, and the Ayensu Starch Factory, and also the building of the Cape Coast Sport Stadium, Nana Addo, got a whopping 50.25 percent, while the incumbent, Mr. Mahama, made 42.0 percent with 3.0 percent undecided on who they were voting for.
In the Western Region, Nana Addo, had 44.5 percent with President Mahama, securing 41.0 percent, and a huge 12.5 percent, were undecided.
In the Volta Region, the stronghold of the governing NDC, where the NPP claims to be gaining grounds; Mr. Mahama, amassed 62.09 percent, while Nana Addo, had 14.1 percent, with 21.9 percent, yet to decide on their choice of president.
Just like the Western Region, the Brong Ahafo Region, failed to give any of the two parties, a 50 percent win. While, Nana Addo, acquired 47.0
percent, Mr. Mahama, had 44.7 percent, putting the undecided voters at 5.0 percent.
In the Northern Region, the home region of the president, he had 55.9 percent, while Nana Addo, had 40.1 percent, and 2.0 percent, were undecided.
The Upper East Region, gave the president, 57.7 percent, while Nana Addo, trailed with 32.4 percent. 5.1 percent constituted the undecided voters.
In the Upper West Region, the document said, Mr. Mahama, carried the region with 60.3 percent, while Nana Addo, garnered 32.7 percent, 3.5 percent, had not decided on who they want to vote for.
Lastly, in the Greater Accra Region, Nana Addo, led with 52.1 percent, while Mr. Mahama, secured 44.0 percent and 1.0 percent, were said to be undecided.
According to the document, these results were obtained based on some determinates influencing the voting pattern.
The document claimed that, the NDC, has lost in areas such as corruption perception, lack of favour with the international community, security services, including the military, the police and labour.
But long before this, The Herald in its February 17 to 18 edition of the paper reported, “NPP COOKS NATIONAL SECURITY & BNI REPORTS” -…To Psych up Supporters and Raise Funds for Akufo-Addo’s Victory”.
Below is the February story…..
With November 7, fast approaching like a train, the politicians, have started all manner of psychological warfare to outwit each other, and garner maximum votes to secure The Flagstaff House – Kanda; Office of the President.
Currently making the rounds in the New Patriotic Party (NPP), especially among Nana Akufo-Addo’s family and friends are claims of two confidential reports purportedly prepared by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) and National Security Secretariat, giving different possible outcomes of the November 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.
NPP sources at the Nima residence of Nana Addo, the NPP headquarters in Asylum Down in Accra, and Danquah Institute (DI) told The Herald that, one of the top secret reports prepared earlier mentioned that, President John Mahama and the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) were going to lose the upcoming election.
The second report prepared months later, was said to have predicted that the 2016 election, will go to a runoff, because Nana Addo, is neck-to-neck with President Mahama.
Gabby AsareOtchere-Darko; a distant cousin of Nana Akufo-Addo, has been mentioned to be the custodian of these two confidential reports, which the NPP, is relying on to arouse its supporters into battle.
Indeed, the alleged reports according to insiders, are being used to source for funds by Ken Ofori-Atta, Director of Fundraising Committee of the NPP 2016 Campaign led by Peter Mac Manu.
Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, another cousin of Nana Addo, is being assisted by KwabenaAbankwaYeboah; the NPP National Treasurer, to raise cash for the campaign.
The Herald, is making frantic effort to speak with elements within the BNI and National Security; Castle Annex to ascertain the veracity of the confidential documents, which most of the NPP sources say, have heard about, but are yet to come across. But Mr. AsareOtchere-Darko; is mentioned to have talked about many times at some party gathering.
This is not the first time that, claims of security reports and research documents are making the rounds in the NPP.
Days ahead of the 2008 elections, the then governing NPP, through the same Gabby AsareOtchere-Darko’s DI, said Nana Akufo-Addo, per their research and those of some international research organizations, was winning the election. The NPP was, however, defeated in the end.
Again, days before the 2012 elections, came many headlines in some NPP-friendly newspapers, claiming some research institutions had put Nana Akufo-Addo, ahead of the NDCs Presidential Candidate; John Mahama, who replaced his boss, President John Evans Atta Mills, earlier in that year, following his sudden passing.
Meanwhile, the NDC’s Deputy General Secretary in-charge of Operations, KokuAnyidoho, who said he has also gotten wind of the NPP claims, told The Herald “it is not surprising that the NPP will resort to this banal and outmoded tactics to attempt confusing Ghanaians”, adding “what the NPP is refusing to accept is the fact that the Ghanaian electorate is not uneducated”.
The Director of Communication to President John Mills, who had been involved in a number of national elections, including three presidential
elections charged, “The NPP should not think they can fool Ghanaians to vote for them.”
He went on “the more the NPP and Akufo-Addo continue to insult the intelligence of Ghanaians; the more they dig themselves into their quicksand of electoral defeat,” adding “if they succeeded in using such devious antics to win the 2000 election; they should know that the Ghanaian electorate has grown more sophisticated and will not fall for such low-lying shenanigans”.
Mr. Anyidoho told The Herald that “the NDC is staying focused in reaching out to Ghanaians with our solid achievements; and will continue to appeal to the good conscience of the majority of Ghanaians. We will also continue to pray to God to lead us on our chosen path of building a Better Ghana”.
The NDC, he said has “accepts and admits the challenges facing Ghanaians; but what is the alternative the NPP is presenting?
He added that “empty speeches and name-calling will not help Akufo-Addo and the NPP. Fake research findings from non-existent as well as moribund Institutions like the Danquah Institute; will not help the NPP. Besides; what is the fixed address of the DI?
He warned that, as the election approaches; the NDC, is fully aware that, such fake polls would be churned out by the NPP to confuse the electorates; Fake findings attributed to BNI and NS. He asked people to beware of the NPP tactics of also planting such cooked stories in fake foreign papers to deceive them.
He implored the members of the NPP, and its financiers to begin asking themselves questions as to why Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is always the one in possession of such confidential security reports and research findings at every election.