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11.08.2018 General News

NDC Polls: Group calls on Goosie Tanoh to contest as NDC flag bearer

By Daniel Kaku
NDC Polls: Group calls on Goosie Tanoh to contest as NDC flag bearer
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A group calling itself, The Greater Nzema Development Association (TGNDA) of Western Region in NDC has called on a founding member of the NDC party, Mr. Augustus Obuadum Tanoh, known in political circles as ‘Goosie Tanoh’, to contest the flagbearership position of the party.

The NDC will go to polls on December 7 2018 to elect its Flagbearer for the 2020 elections. Former President John Mahama--who led the party to an abysmal loss in 2016--has been touted as favourite to win.

Ahead of the party’s polls, 94 NDC Members of Parliament out of 106 have reportedly endorsed John Dramani Mahama to lead the party in the 2020 elections although the former President hasn’t formally thrown his hat into the race.

According to the leader of the 94 MPs, Edwin Nii Lantey Vandapuye, John Mahama is the only candidate who can lead the party to victory in the next polls.

Mr. John Mahama who is likely to contest the flagbearer slot for the NDC will have to beat competition from former UPSA vice-chancellor Professor Joshua Alabi, Second deputy speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin, former NHIA boss Sylvester Mensah and his former Trade minister Dr. Ekwow Spio Garbrah and also Stephen Atubiga and Kweku Ricketts Hagan.

In a statement signed by group's Executives and copied to GhanaWeb's Western Regional Correspondent indicated "TGNDA is assiduously working and canvassing for support across other youth groups in the party to throw our weight behind the nomination of Mr Goosie Tanoh and we are earnestly appealing to him to listen to our call and come out to lead our party in the 2020 general elections. Even though there are other qualified and competent candidates contesting for the flagbearership race, Mr Goosie Tanoh stands tall among them".

The statement described Goosie Tanoh as a very approchiable, humble and sociable and also a grassroot person who can listen to the cries of the grassroot supporters of the party.

The statement however stated "In 1983, after a year lecturing Law at University of Ghana, UG, Mr Goosie Tanoh became Special Assistant to the PNDC and Head of State of Ghana, Flight Lieutenant John Jerry Rawlings. Later in the year, he was appointed as a member of the National Defence Committee, the Principal Political Organ of the PNDC and its standing committee".

"We all attest to the fact that for any leader to contest for such a sensitive Presidential race, he/she must be someone who is competent, unifier, fair and honest, experienced, knowledgeable, hardworking, trustworthy, humble, inspiring and courageous. All these attributes are not exceptional when it comes to Mr. Goosie Tanoh's personality and leadership", the statement emphasized.

The statement added, "Carefully considering the above contributions of Mr Goosie Tanoh to this nation and the world at large, we all attest that he is optimistically visionary, influential and the best gentleman to lead the NDC party as flagbearer for 2020 general elections in order to change the misfortunes created by this failed, corrupt and incompetent NPP government".

The group therefore, appealed to Goosie Tanoh to consider their calls and join the party's presidential race and also appealed to the members, sympathizers, loyalists and friends in the party to rally behind Goosie Tanoh.

The statement also emphasized that Goosie Tanoh is the only who would be surely win the 2020 general elections for the party and bring changes in the country positively.

The statement opined that, "Mr Tanoh still remains a very big asset to Ghana and can bring prosperity, development, restore hope and instill the spirit of justice, love and togetherness in the lives of good people of NDC and Ghana. It is our hope and prayer that Mr. Goosie Tanoh will listen to our humble call".

Below is the full statement
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
THE GREATER NZEMA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (TGNDA)
WE ARE APPEALING TO MR GOOSIE TANOH TO CONTEST THE NDC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES; A SUREST WAY FOR VICTORY 2020 GENERAL ELECTIONS FOR N.D.C.

As the contest for the N.D.C Presidential race for the general election, 2020 is approaching and appears to be heating up as the various aspirants keep crisscrossing the length and breadth of the Constituencies in the Regions testing the grounds and declaring their intentions, we the group of N.D.C Organisers and Activists in the Western Region, (THE GREATER NZEMA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION) have conducted a very comprehensive research on all the contestants who have showed keen interest to contest the N.D.C flag bearership race in the 2020 general elections and have concluded that a very approachable, humble and sociable man, Mr Goosie Tanoh, who many believe has the flair and a close attachment to the grassroots of the NDC is the right person to lead the NDC in election 2020.

TGNDA is assiduously working and canvassing for support across other youth groups in the party to throw our weight behind the nomination of Mr Goosie Tanoh and we are earnestly appealing to him to listen to our call and come out to lead our party in the 2020 general elections. Even though there are other qualified and competent candidates contesting for the flagbearership race, Mr Goosie Tanoh stands tall among them.

The main reasons why we, THE GREATER NZEMA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, are appealing, calling and considering Mr Goosie Tanoh to join the NDC Presidential race are captured in 3 thematic areas namely;

MR GOOSIE TANOH'S POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE NDC PARTY, HIS CONTRIBUTION TO OUR NATION, GHANA AND BEYOND, AND MR GOOSIE TANOH'S LEADERSHIP QUALITIES AND PERSONALITY.

POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NDC PARTY
1. Mr Tanoh is a founding member of the National Democratic Congress, NDC.

2. He was the leader of the National Reform Party, NRP, and Presidential candidate in 2000 Presidential election and later on, with his colleagues from NRP, rejoined the National Democratic Congress upon the love he has for the party upon a request by many NDC party members and the late President, John Evans Attah Mills.

3. In 1983, after a year lecturing Law at University of Ghana, UG, Mr Goosie Tanoh became Special Assistant to the PNDC and Head of State of Ghana, Flight Lieutenant John Jerry Rawlings. Later in the year, he was appointed as a member of the National Defence Committee, the Principal Political Organ of the PNDC and its standing committee.

4. In 1992, he served in the assembly that wrote Ghana's 1992 constitution as a representative of the grassroots- based committee for the defence of the revolution.

5. In 1992, Mr Goosie Tanoh was the Secretary of the campaign committee of the NDC in the 1992 polls. He was one of the principal strategist of the NDC, who assisted in the formation of the National Democratic Congress, NDC for its victory in 1992.

MR GOOSIE TANOH HAS CONTRIBUTED IMMENSELY BOTH NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY

1. In 1985, Mr. Goosie Tanoh was appointed to the Ghana Government Committee of Petroleum and Contract Negotiation where he contributed to the negotiation of exploration and Production Sharing agreements with International Oil Companies.

2. Mr Tanoh assisted in the planning and execution of the government activities as the Contract and Tax Negotiator for Petroleum Exploration Agreements with AMOCO, SHELL, ATLANTIC RICHFIELD, AND OTHERS.He also assisted in drafting of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Law (PNDCL BF84) and the GNPC Establishment Law (PNDCL 64).

3. Mr. Tanoh, contributed to the provision of available public housing to employees of GNPC using local materials. The project was successfully completed and to date, 95% of the 1200 units is now in the ownership of the corporation's employees.

4. In 1986, Mr. Tanoh contributed to the formation of the positions of Ghana and Non-Aligned group on major international issues mainly the lran/Iraq war, the Nicaragua/Contra Standoff involved the United States, and the security in situation in Southern Africa (particularly, the incursions of South African Defence Forces into the front line States in violation of international law and issues of peace in the Middle East. In the same year, Mr Tanoh was appointed Member of the Ghana Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly representing Ghana on the Special Political Committee, the forth and sixth committee of the General Assembly.

5. From 1986 to 1989, Mr Tanoh was a member of Ghana's Diplomatic Delegation to the UN. During that period,he was the Principal Negotiator for Ghana and the spokesperson for the group of 77 on the Mining Code for the Law of the Sea.

6. Mr Goosie Tanoh was the North American Representative of the newly formed national oil Company.

7. From 1990 to 1992, he was the Director of ECOBANK Ghana Limited. He also contributed greatly to the evolution of banking services in the West African Region.

8. He pioneered the export of cassava chips, Groundnuts, Cassavas flour and other non traditional commodities from West Africa to the European Union. He also established a trade in palm kernel exports from Ghana to Nigeria.

SOME LEADERSHIP QUALITIES OF MR GOOSIE TANOH
We all attest to the fact that for any leader to contest for such a sensitive Presidential race, he/she must be someone who is competent, unifier, fair and honest, experienced, knowledgeable, hardworking, trustworthy, humble, inspiring and courageous. All these attributes are not exceptional when it comes to Mr. Goosie Tanoh's personality and leadership.

Carefully considering the above contributions of Mr Goosie Tanoh to this nation and the world at large, we all attest that he is optimistically visionary, influential and the best gentleman to lead the NDC party as flagbearer for 2020 general elections in order to change the misfortunes created by this failed, corrupt and incompetent NPP government.

Due to his high spirit of negotiations, fairness, patriotism, exposure, leadership and entrepreneurship, he was appointed to serve on many national and international boards where he had the opportunity to portray his professionalism, excellence and remarkable contributions making him highly recognized on national and international fronts.

We, THE GREATER NZEMA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, are by this release appealing to Mr Goosie Tanoh to consider joining the NDC Presidential race and also call on NDC party members, sympathizers, party loyalists, friends, and the general public to throw their weight behind the nomination of Mr. Goosie Tanoh because he is the only person who will surely win the Presidential race for the NDC party in the 2020 general elections in order to bring the change we all wish to see in our country, Ghana.

Mr Tanoh still remains a very big asset to Ghana and can bring prosperity, development, restore hope and instill the spirit of justice, love and togetherness in the lives of good people of NDC and Ghana. It is our hope and prayer that Mr. Goosie Tanoh will listen to our humble call.

God richly bless Mr. Goosie Tanoh
God richly bless THE GREATER NZEMA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION OF THE WESTERN REGION.

God bless Ghan!
God bless us all
Signed!
JOEL SAMUEL NDEDE (ARISE), THE SPOKESPERSON, THE GREATER NZEMA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION ,WESTERN REGION

Tel: 0543257294
JOSHUA ACKAH
(ORGANIZER)
CHRISTIANA ABBAN
(SECRETARY)
Source: Daniel Kaku

Daniel Kaku
Daniel Kaku

Western Regional Contributor

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