Election Petition: I Only Want To Do What Akufo Addo Did In 2012 – Mahama

The Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), John Dramani Mahama has said he shares a common interest with his opponent in resorting to the courts to challenge the results of an election.

He claimed he has the same belief in seeking justice at the court just as his opponent [Akufo-Addo] did while he sought to challenge the results of the 2012 elections.

Critics have appealed to the former President to concede defeat and ignore going to court to challenge the 2020 polls.

The 2020 flagbearer for the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) Dr Henry Lartey who doubles as the Secretary-General for the West African Association of Political Parties has expressed worry over Mr. Mahama’s unwillingness to concede defeat in the interest of peace just like some flag-bearers who have already conceded.

“Mahama is being pushed to do what he is doing, I have no idea of who is behind this; he wouldn’t want to do this at all. I may be wrong but I have a feeling that there is a caucus that is pushing him. You’ve lost the election, he shouldn’t go to court; it’s a waste of money,” he told Agoo FM in Kwahu.

Reacting to this in a televised message to Ghanaians after his party officials filed a petition on Wednesday, December 30 to challenge the results declared by the EC, Mr Mahama said he stands on the same principles that his opponent, Akufo-Addo upheld when he went to court to challenge the 2012 election results.

He added that he’s been compelled to do this because of the EC’s clear failure to act in accordance with the constitution.

“Indeed in 2012 when the election was called in my favour my opponent challenged the results as was his right and he took the matter to court. Eight long months of an election petition filed from destroying our democracy rather reinforced our commitment to it and affirmed the strength of our institutions particularly the Judiciary…

Source: Kasapa FM


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