General News of Thursday, 18 April 2013
The former Asokwa MP, Maxwell Kofi Jumah says fellow party stalwart Alan Kyeremanten should put a freeze on his presidential ambition until “a movement” to advance the course of the main opposition New Patriotic Party’s 2012 presidential candidate “is taken care of”.
Kofi Jumah, who supported Alan Kyeremanten in the party’s presidential primaries ahead of the 2012 elections, told XYZ News in an interview on Wednesday April 17, that he will discourage the former Trade Minister from advancing his Presidential ambitions.
“I’ll tell him [to] hold on until this movement [of Nana Akufo-Addo’s] is taken care of”.
He said: “We are talking about a movement that was started as a result of an election being stolen” adding that: “The need to restore confidence in our democratic system is for Nana Akufo-Addo to continue to pursue the movement that has just been started as a result of what some people will consider an accident of misjudgement by the Electoral Commission”.
Nana Akufo-Addo, alongside his running mate Dr Mahmoud Bawumia and Party Chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey is in court challenging the validity of the 2012 election results which President John Mahama was declared winner by the Electoral Commission (EC).
The three Petitioners argue that the incumbent party colluded with the EC to strategically manipulate the results in favour of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
They, therefore, are praying the Court to set aside and nullify the EC’s results which declared President Mahama as winner of the presidential poll.
They want the court to annul 4,670,504 of the valid votes cast during the election at 11,916 polling stations where they claim a lot of anomalies occurred.
The Court whittled the case down to two issues.
They included whether or not there were statutory violations, irregularities, omissions and malpractices in the 2012 general elections and if same impacted the final results.
The Supreme Court started hearing the substantive case on Wednesday April 17, 2013.
It is not clear how long the Court will take in pronouncing a judgment but already Maxwell Kofi Jumah told XYZ News Nana Akufo Addo must be kept at the forefront of leading the Party into another election.
Mr Kyeremanten was one of the numerous candidates who vied for the Director General position of the World Trade Organisation but he failed.
It is speculated that he would activate his presidential ambitions for 2016 after his failure to win the WTO job.