Kwesi Pratt Jnr., the Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, has taken with a pinch of salt the commitments by both President John Dramani Mahama and the 2012 Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, that they will accept the verdict of the Supreme Court.
According to Mr Pratt, though the parties have pledged to abide by the final decision of the court, it does not suggest that they will accept the verdict if the Supreme Court’s ruling undermines the security and constitution of the nation.
Acknowledging that the court would be the final arbiter in the election dispute, he however raised concerns over the pledges made by the President and the petitioners.
Contributing in a panel discussion programme “Alhaji Alhaji” on Radio Gold, the Insight newspaper editor sought to find out from the petitioners and respondents “if [and I’m only posing a question] the Supreme Court comes out with a decision which is blatantly illegal’, would they accept it as the final ruling?”
He also questioned whether they would also accept to end the election brouhaha “if the Supreme Court comes out with a decision which blatantly is not based on the facts before it? What if the Supreme Court comes with a decision which is outrageous? Are we to accept it for the sake of peace?…Are we to accept injustice in the face of clear evidence that the injustice has been perpetuated?”
“What can be done which will not undermine the security of the State? What can be done which will not undermine our constitutional dispensation? If indeed the Supreme Court comes out with a decision which is outrageous and it is possible even for the Supreme Court to come out with a decision that both the petitioners and the respondents will agree it is outrageous; what ought to be done under these circumstances?” he further asked.
In his view, these questions should be addressed by the parties involved in the 2012 election deadlock since there will not be room for an appeal after the Supreme Court has given its verdict.