NPP should be applauded for petitioning Courts -Duncan Williams

Founder of Action Chapel International, Archbishop Duncan Williams has lauded efforts by the NPP to seek justice in court over EC’s declaration of NDC’s John Mahama as president in the 2012 elections.

The Archbishop made the remarks at the National Prayer and Thanksgiving Service held Sunday, April 7, noting that Ghana should take a cue from post-election violence in neighbouring countries.

Making references to several incidents of electoral violence that have claimed countless lives, maimed and displaced many in the sub region, the Archbishop praised efforts by NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo Addo and his running mate Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia as well as party Chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, to seek justice at the Supreme Court over allegations of rigging in the December 2012, rather than resorting to violence.

In neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire, “as a result of election dispute, 3000 people died and 500,000 people were displaced; in Kenya in 2007, 1300 people died and 600,000 were displaced. Let’s come to election dispute in Ghana; instead of us taking arms and killing each other, the opposition decided to go to the Supreme Court”.

“Even though litigation is stressful, and it creates anxiety and the feeling of uncertainty, it is a better option than taking arms and killing each other and shedding innocent blood” he emphasised.

The Supreme Court has fixed next week Tuesday, April 16, to begin hearing of the substantive case.

Meanwhile, lawyers for the petitioners have filed their affidavits of witnesses they intend calling as part of the trial process. The other parties in the disputes would have the opportunity to respond once they have been served.