Nana Meets NPP Over Supreme Court Verdict
NANA ADDO Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2012 Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has met the leaders of the party, a day after he lost his bid to overturn the results of the 2012 presidential election.
Nana Akufo-Addo met with members of National Executive Council (NEC) yesterday after the Supreme Court verdict on the election petition which confirmed the declaration made by the Electoral Commission (EC), even though the NPP flagbearer disagreed.
The meeting, among other things, DAILY GUIDE learnt, afforded Nana Akufo-Addo the opportunity to explain to the NEC why he made early concession to President John Dramani Mahama after Thursday’s verdict without recourse to the party.Nana Akufo-Addo, the paper gathered, told the NEC that the early concession was in line with the commitment he had made to accept the Supreme Court verdict no matter the outcome so as to unite and move the nation forward.
DAILY GUIDE learnt that some NEC members thought the party’s presidential candidate should have consulted the party leadership before conceding but he reiterated that the early concession was in the supreme interest of the country.
The Christian Council, the National Peace Council and individuals have applauded Nana Akufo-Addo’s swift concession.
Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul told DAILY GUIDE in a telephone interview that the NEC was satisfied with the conduct of the NPP’s 2012 presidential candidate.
He said the NEC had endorsed the decision by Nana Akufo-Addo not to go for a review no matter how bitter the verdict was for the sake of the unity and progress of the country.
‘We went for justice but we thought we did not get justice.
However, we need to move on for the development of the country,’ the Deputy Minority leader stated.
NEC, he indicated, had taken some firm decisions, asking the Minority caucus in Parliament to co-operate fully with the Majority side in the conduct of government business in the House.
According to Mr Nitiwul, the Minority side would now participate in transactions in the House including vetting of President Mahama’s ministerial nominees as well as putting questions to ministers on the floor of the House.
He said NEC has asked NPP members to remain united for the next general elections as the party would soon draw a roadmap for the election of party executives from the constituency to the national level.
Mood at NPP Headquarters
It appears the Supreme Court verdict on the election petition has not dampened the spirits of NPP officials and party supporters as they were found in high spirits carrying on with their normal business.
The Supreme Court, on Thursday, dismissed a petition filed by three leading members of the NPP including the party’s 2012 presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, challenging the Electoral Commission’s declaration of National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama as President of Ghana.
The petitioners had cited what they saw as constitutional violations, malpractices and irregularities, which made the declaration of President Mahama null and void. However, in a five-minute sitting, the nine justices, led by Justice William Atuguba, who handled the petition, upheld the EC’s declaration of President
Mahama to the chagrin of the petitioners and NPP faithful who had prayed the court to rather declare Nana Akufo- Addo as the validly elected president in the 2012 general elections.
Many would have thought that NPP party officials and supporters would have deserted the party’s headquarters and confined to their rooms in sorrow having been disappointed by the verdict.
However, a visit by DAILY GUIDE to NPP head office at Asylum Down in Accra, 24 hours after the verdict, saw some party supporters in groups discussing what they described as saliva-dropping judgement given by the nine justices.
Looking visibly disappointed by the verdict, one party supporter, who gave his name as Nana Boakye, remarked, ‘Posterity would judge the nine judges.’
NPP supporters, he indicated, would not be downhearted by the verdict but would continue to fight on until the party comes back to power.
Members of the communication team of the NPP were in their usual meetings, which are held every Friday, discussing the way forward for the party as of the time DAILY GUIDE got to the headquarters.
By Awudu Mahama
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