NPP WILL NOT GO FOR REVIEW – NANA ADDO
The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated clearly that he and colleague petitioners would not seek a judicial review, after being declared losers in the high profile election petition case.
According to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the decision was arrived at in the interest and love of the country. ‘Whilst I disagree with the court’s decision, I accept it. I accept that what the court says brings finality to the election dispute. We shall not be asking for a review of the verdict, so we can all move on in the interest of our nation,’ noted Nana Addo.
His position was reaffirmed by a call he made to congratulate his friend, President John Dramani Mahama, for having been elected the fourth President of the Fourth Republic. He has, thus, called on Ghanaians to put the dispute behind them, and come together to build the nation.
‘There are myriads of problems facing us as a people. This is the time for us all to come together and work to find solutions to the challenges that confront our people,’ he averred.
The 2012 presidential candidate of the NPP was speaking at a news conference in Accra, shortly after the Supreme Court verdict that re-affirmed Mr. John Dramani Mahama as the President of the land.
The nine-member panel, presided over by Justice William Atuguba, by a majority decision, dismissed the petitioners’ case challenging the validity of Mr. Mahama’s presidency.
The petitioners, Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, had claimed over-voting, voting without biometric verification, absence of signature of the presiding officer, duplicate serial numbers, duplicate of polling station codes, and unknown polling stations among others, as those that marred the 2012 presidential poll.
The final verdict
The Supreme Court, in its final verdict, unanimously dismissed the claims relating to duplicate serial numbers, duplicate polling station codes, and unknown polling stations. The court, in a 5-4 vote, also dismissed the claim of over-voting and absence of signature of presiding officers. The court, also in a 6:3 decision, dismissed the claims relating to voting without biometric verification.
Nana Addo said though he was saddened by the verdict of the Supreme Court, ‘for the same and love of our country, we must embark on a path that builds, rather than destroys, to deal with our disappointment.’
He appealed to all members and supporters of the Elephant Family to accept the verdict of the court adding, ‘even in our disappointment, we can take pride in the way we have conducted ourselves. Even in our disappointment, we can take pride that the NPP has, again, led the way in deepening Ghana’s democracy.’
Elections in Ghana will not be the same
Nana Addo, who is a former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General, consoled the down-spirited Elephant Family, by reiterating a comment made by one of the judges during the trial, that elections in Ghana would not be the same after the petition hearing.’We might not have been given the ruling we sought, but thanks to our efforts, we can hopefully look forward to an improved electoral process in our country,’ he noted.
My political future
He told the gathering, and those interested in his political future, that he would take some time to rest, reflect and announce whatever decision he comes to in the not too distant future.
He lauded the efforts of the party in using the legal options available to them by pursuing the election petition through the court, as the world watched in wonder and admiration.
Nana Addo, a former Legislator for Akim Abuakwa South, said the party and the country’s reaction to the judgment passed would be watched keenly in Africa and beyond, and would set a precedent for generations to follow.
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