31 Dec Ghana election petition 2020: Our legal team is competent to defend the President
By Enoch Adjei
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is of the firm conviction that the legal team of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is competent and up to standard to defend the election victory of the first gentleman of the land at the Supreme Court.
The presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, filed a suit at the Supreme Court challenging the outcome of the 2020 polls.
In his petition to the Supreme Court, Mr. Mahama contended that the results declared by the Electoral Commission in favour of President Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party were “made arbitrarily, capriciously, and with bias.”
Mr. Mahama also feels “that the said declaration was made without regard to due process of law” and must be declared as null and void.
The NDC presidential candidate has decided not to concede in the just-ended polls because he believes President Akufo-Addo did not win the elections as announced by the Electoral Commission.
But the NPP in a press statement said it “is assured that the 7th December 2020 Elections was won fair and square. Indeed, the evidence presented by the NDC has only reassured the people of Ghana that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo won the elections.”
It thus assured the general public that, the legal team of President Akufo-Addo is “ready to expose the emptiness of John Mahama’s Petition and the NDC’s denial of the electoral truth that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo indeed won this election without any iota of doubt.”
The party in the statement also called on Mr. Mahama to desist from “inciting” supporters of his party to demonstrate on the streets.
According to the NPP, such acts are “irresponsible”.
“We call on John Dramani Mahama to immediately retract his inciteful statements to his supporters. It is highly irresponsible of John Dramani Mahama to commence the judicial process yet still admonish his supporters to continue with the violent protests that have threatened the security and peace of Ghanaians and caused Ghanaians to live in unnecessary fear and panic over the past few weeks.
The good people of Ghana hold John Dramani Mahama accountable to his sacred undertaking to comply with the Peace Pact, just as H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo did in 2012 and 2016,” the statement signed by the NPP’s Communication Director, Yaw Buaben Asamoa added