NPP Cries Over High Rejected Ballots

Northern regional executives of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have expressed worry at the high number of rejected ballots recorded at Saturday’s polls to elect its flagbearer for the 2016 general elections.

Though voting went on peacefully in the region as planned, the executives are disturbed that most of its polling station executives had difficulty in voting properly, stressing that the situation requires urgent attention.

About 314 ballots, representing 2.5% of the total votes cast at 31 polling stations in the region, were rejected for various reasons during counting at the close of polls.

In all, over 1000 ballots were declared invalid. This figure outnumbered the total votes received by Francis Addai-Nimoh who had less than one percent of the votes.

The figure, according to the Northern regional Secretary of the party, Sule Salifu, is frightening considering the fact that these voters themselves are supposed to garner support for the party at the grassroots. most of the rejected ballots had thumbprints on the party’s emblem instead whilst others had delegates voting for more than one candidate.

The NPP scribe stated that the situation is worrying and indicated that voter education needs to be intensified in the region in order to cut down the number of rejected ballots in the forthcoming general elections.

“We cannot afford to throw votes away in 2016. We need power and every vote must count,” he said. Mr Sule reiterated the fact that elections are won and lost at polling stations, adding that there is the need for serious work to be done at the grassroots to stem this since it can cost the party dearly.

Whilst optimistic the NPP is poised to snatch power from the NDC, he observed that such challenges could rob the party of electoral victory, noting that it was a contributory factor to the party’s poor performance in some communities in the region in the 2012 elections.

“We are tackling this issue head-on and I can assure you that our polling station executives will be schooled on voting to avert these mishaps,” he emphasised.

Meanwhile, two-time flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo beat his other two contenders by an overwhelming majority, after securing 11,848 votes representing 94.07%. Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen polled 346 votes, representing 2.7%, out of the total votes of 12,594 whilst Addai-Nimoh came last with 86 votes, representing 0.68%.

According to the regional secretariat of the NPP, 13,160 persons were supposed to take part in the process but about 500 polling station executives failed to turn up for reasons yet to be uncovered by the party.

Voting however went on smoothly as expected, except in Wulensi where
200 persons’ names went missing in the album.

Fortunately, alternative arrangements were made to enable them vote.

Similar incidents were witnessed in the Salaga South and Tamale South constituencies but regional executives rose to the occasion and resolved the
situations for voting to continue.

Meanwhile 2012 running mate to the NPP flagbearer, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, voted in Walewale, his hometown, where Nana Addo performed creditably at the close of polls.

Dr Bawumia, who was very instrumental in the NPP winning the Walewale
seat for the first time, is poised to ensure that he saves the seat for the party in 2016.

Source: Daily Guide

Gay doctor confesses sodomising 16-year-old SHS student

The gay medical doctor accused of sodomising a 16-year-old senior high school student has confessed to committing the act.

Dr. Sulley Ali-Gabass, a senior medical doctor at Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Takoradi attributed his conduct to nature while still claiming it was a mistake.

“I don’t know what to do. With this sexual thing some of us are trying our best. It’s like being born with it. That urge is there,” he admitted.

Joy News’ Manasseh Azure-Awuni after weeks of investigations uncovered the horrifying deeds of the medical doctor whose conduct has left a 16-year-old boy bedridden for several months.

The victim, whose name has been withheld has been infected with HIV, but Dr Sulley Ali-Gabass says he cannot be blamed for the HIV.

He says he is HIV negative and could possibly not be the source of the virus.

The victim accepted a friendship request of Dr Ali-Gabass on facebook, an action he has since regretted.

Instead of mentoring him, the victim told Azure-Awuni, the gay medical doctor had anal sex with him on five occasions; three in his car and two at his (doctor’s) residence in Alajo.

On all occasions, he said he was threatened and later blackmailed into submission..

His anal region has been infected, forcing doctors to perform a surgery in order to save his life.

Manasseh Azure-Awuni after speaking to the victim, located the Alajo residence of Dr Ali-Gabass and had interactions with occupants of the house who admitted it was the residence of the Effia Nkwanta hospital doctor.

The Joy News investigator then contacted old school mates of the medical doctor some of whom admitted Dr Ali-Gabass exhibited gay tendencies while at school.

And while the rumour was all over campus, none of those who peddled the rumour had any evidence, except for young Ali-Gabass’ admiration for his junior male friends whom he was overly protective of.

Manasseh Awuni later visited the facebook page of Ali-Gabass and found a write-up about gay parents which he shared.

With this circumstantial evidence, the Joy FM investigator confronted Dr Ali-Gabass who reluctantly admitted to his involvement with the victim, but described it as a mistake.

The Effia Nkwanta hospital has described the ongoing saga as a purely private matter for the doctor and would only act if the hospital is petitioned.

Gay medical doctor sodomizes SHS boy

Joy News investigation has uncovered the activities of a gay medical doctor who puts the lives of his victims in danger.

Dr. Sulley Ali-Gabass, a senior medical officer at Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Takoradi, had anal sex with a 16-year-old senior secondary school student who has now been diagnosed of HIV/AIDS.

In the first of a two-part investigative series, Joy News’ Manasseh Azure Awuni tells the story of this sixteen year old boy whose life took a tragic turn after he met Dr. Ali-Gabass.

Aziz, who has been given an alias for the purposes of this report, is a 16 year old boy. A second year student of a senior high school.

He met a man on facebook he took as his role model. In September last year, Aziz met Dr. Sulley Ali-Gabass for the first time where he was convinced into having sex with the doctor.

Aziz says after the first sexual encounter, he got angry with the doctor and deleted his contacts both on facebook and on his phone but the doctor threatened to expose him. He narrated how the doctor blackmailed him and forced him to have sex with him on subsequent occasions.

Aziz says his last sexual encounter with Dr. Ali-Gabass ended with severe cuts and pain in his anus.

But Aziz lied to medical officers at health facilities he visited for treatment. The sores in his anus became so severe he had to undergo surgery at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

A nurse who does not want to be identified said his condition was critical when he came to hospital.

When Manasseh spoke to Aziz on his hospital bed, he could not sit or lie on his back. He was in severe pain.

But the sixteen year-old who wanted to be a pharmacist, has more to worry about than the pain in his anus.

He has tested positive for HIV and he believes he contracted the virus through his sexual encounters with Dr. Ali-Gabass.

Aziz has confided in his mother, but cannot face the consequences of breaking this story to his father.

So who is Dr. Sulley Ali-Gabass? Does he agree or deny these allegations leveled against him? In the second part of this series which will air same time tomorrow on Joy 99.7 FM, Manasseh Azure Awuni will tell you about his meeting with Dr. Sulley Ali-Gabass.

Source: Joyfm

7 goat thieves busted

Seven suspected goat thieves, who allegedly engaged the police in a shootout after attempting to steal a number of goats from a pen at Tema Community 20, near Sakumono, have been arrested by the Sakumono police.

The suspects are Charles Cobblah, aka CC, a 46-year-old ex-convict, Ayiku Odoi,20, Dennis Boateng, 21, Emmanuel Tetteh, 26, Duke Nortey, 27, Francis Kissi, 31 and Ebenezer Mpata, 27.

An unregistered Nissan Pathfinder, which the suspects used in committing the crime, was also impounded by the police.

The suspects are in police custody assisting in investigations.

Briefing the media, Superintendent Alex Wowolo, the Sakumono District Police Commander, said the incident occurred on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Tema Community 20.

He said around 4pm Sunday evening, police received information from the Assembly Member of the area that two suspected thieves who attempted to steal nine goats from a pen, having successfully stolen one of the animals earlier, had been apprehended by residents and were being beaten.

The Sakumono police reportedly dispatched a motorbike patrol to the scene to rescue suspects Ayiku Odoi and Dennis Boateng from the hands of the irate youth of the area.

The two, upon their arrest, had in their possession one of the stolen goats.

Upon interrogation, the two mentioned suspect Charles Cobblah as the one who engaged them to steal the animals.

According to the suspects, anytime they succeed in stealing the animals, suspect Cobblah, who drives a Nissan Pathfinder, later visits the area where the animals are kept and conveys them to the market for sale, after which the money will be shared.

According to Supt Alex Wowolo, the two suspects were made to call suspect Cobblah to inform him that they had succeeded in stealing nine of the goats so he could come over and carry the animals to the market.

Few minutes after the call was made, suspect Cobblah reportedly arrived in his Nissan Pathfinder in the company of suspects Emmanuel Tetteh, Duke Nortey, Francis Kissi and Ebenezer Mpata to convey the animals.

However, on seeing the police Charles Cobblah drove off towards Klagon, but was pursued by the police. The suspects reportedly engaged police in a shootout to possibly scare the police, but police pursued further and managed to apprehend the suspects with the help of reinforcement.

When a search was conducted in the car, the gun fired was not found. Supt Wowolo said police believe that the suspects threw the gun into the nearby bush on realising that the police were closer. He appealed to anybody who finds the gun to contact the nearest police station.

When the suspects were interrogated, the other four suspects reportedly mentioned suspect Cobblah— a man released from prison through a presidential pardon in 2012 after spending eight years in the Nsawam prisons for theft—as the one who engaged them to steal goats for him to sell to prospective buyers.

According to the suspects, suspect Cobblah pays them between GH¢50 to GH¢70 cedis, depending on the size of the animal, whenever they embark on a successful operation.

According to the other suspects, Cobblah usually sells the stolen animals to his customers, mostly butchers, at a cost of GH¢120 and GH¢130.

According to police, the goat the two suspects stole earlier will be used as evidence to prosecute all the suspects in court.

Source: Daily Guide