John Dramani Mahama, the presidential nominee of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), said that he shares with his rival a shared interest in resorting to the courts to contest the outcome of an election.
He said that he had the same assumption that his rival [Akufo-Addo] was seeking justice in court when he tried to contest the outcome of the 2012 elections.
Critics also called on the former President to admit defeat and disregard going to court to contest the 2020 elections.
Dr. Henry Lartey, the 2020 Great Consolidated Common Party (GCPP) flagbearer Dr. Henry Lartey, who doubles as Secretary-General of the West African Association of Political Parties, has expressed concern about Mr. Mahama’s inability to admit defeat in the interests of stability, much like some of the flag bearers who have already admitted.
I have no idea who is behind this; Mahama is being forced to do what he’s doing; he wouldn’t want to do that at all. I might be wrong, but I feel like there is a caucus that is moving him forward. “You’ve lost the election, you’re not supposed to go to court; it’s a waste of money,” Agoo FM said in Kwahu.
In response to this, after his party officials filed a petition on Wednesday, December 30, in a televised message to Ghanaians to contest the results announced by the EC, Mr. Mahama said he stood on the same principles that his opponent, Akufo-Addo, defended when he went to court to challenge the results of the 2012 election.
He added that, because of the EC’s apparent inability to act in accordance with the constitution, he was forced to do this.
In fact, my opponent challenged the results as was his right in 2012 when the election was called in my favor, and he took the matter to court. Eight long months of an election petition filed against the dissolution of our democracy quite strengthened our commitment to it and reinforced the strength of our institutions, especially the judiciary…
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