Mahama rejects Supreme court ruling on electeion petition

Flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2020 elections, John Dramani Mahama has disagreed with the judgment of the Supreme Court.

The apex court Thursday in a unanimous decision threw out John Mahama’s petition to get the Electoral Commission (EC) to re-run elections between him and President Akufo-Addo.

A judgment delivered by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah held Nana Akufo-Addo as validly elected president. The vourt said the petitioner, John Mahama, did not demonstrate in any way how the alleged errors made by the first respondent, the EC, affected the presidential election results.

But addressing the country from his Cantonments office, Mahama said “Much as I am aware that we are legally bound by the decision of the Supreme Court, I disagree with the process of trial and ruling of the court.”

He said even though the petition to the Supreme Court stood in his name, “it nonetheless represented the
desire of an overwhelming number of Ghanaians, anxiousfor answersfrom the Chairperson of the
Electoral Commission as the Returning Officer of the December 2020 Presidential Election.”

“Ghanaians were hoping to hear her testify and many are still baffled by the refusal of Mrs. Jean Mensa to be held to account by testifying in this case – unfortunately, with the unanimous agreement of the justices of the Supreme Court of Ghana.”

He continued, “this vital part of the process to establish the truth and hold Mrs. Jean Mensa accountable was blocked time and again by a protective cordon and firewall that I am sure have confounded many Ghanaians. The refusal of the Chairperson is in sharp contrast to the readiness with which Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, then Chairman of the Electoral Commission willingly testified in the 2013 Election petition filed by then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP.”

To him,  the law which was supposed to be an anchor of transparency equality and fairness was not supposed to be an instrument of party politics.

He then urged his party members to be calm and resolute as he is ready to serve the party and the country at all times.

Mahama also  mentioned that the almost 6.3 million people that voted for him in the 2020 elections mirrored the confidence that most Ghanaians had in the ideals and the standards of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He concluded that the NDC was going to remain the party for the people.


Source: Ghana|

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