Quit the hypocrisy; you also benefited from electoral fraud –Adu-Asare tells NPP

Quit the hypocrisy; you also benefited from electoral fraud –Adu-Asare tells NPP

Kojo Adu-Asare

Former Member of Parliament for Adentan constituency, Kojo Adu-Asare says he is baffled about “the holier than thou attitude” of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), in the ongoing hearing of the Election Petition in the Supreme Court.

He said it is no secret that the country’s electoral system is bedeviled with irregularities but says the NPP’s challenge of the presidential results of the 2012 election is belated.

The substantive hearing of the Election Petition entered day seven today with lawyer for the Electoral Commission (EC) James Quashie-Idun continuing his cross-examination of the petitioners’ key witness, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

The cross-examination was centered on modalities for the election, claims of over voting and voting without biometric verification by the petitioners.

Dr. Bawumia who is also the second petitioner in the case was consistent in saying there was over voting, voting without verification and other irregularities in the December 7 polls.

The case was adjourned to Monday 29 April at the request of lawyer Quashie-Idun who was fatigued.

Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Thursday, Kojo Adu-Asare said the NPP should blame itself for their woeful defeat in the 2012 election.

He noted that the party’s polling agents were not vigilant enough to protect the votes of their candidate in the various polling stations across the country.

Adu-Asare said the NPP must quit the “hypocrisy” because they benefited from a flawed electoral system in the past.

Citing the 2004 election to buttress his point, the former Adentan MP posited that there were excess votes to favour the NPP especially in the Central region.

“When the very beneficiaries of this same thing [electoral fraud] in its worst form has now metamorphose into holier than thou angels who have just arrived from heaven; it becomes worrying” he bemoaned.

Adu-Asare was quick to add that he is not suggesting the 2012 election was rigged to favour the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) but to set the records straight.

“When it favours you [NPP] it is alright but when it doesn’t, you complain; is that right? If we have a flawed system let us address it” he said.

He hoped the NPP will come out with a much better argument to support their claims rather than the flimsy evidence they have presented in court.

Adu-Asare urged all discerning Ghanaians and the entire NDC faithful to stay resolute behind their leadership to pursue justice in the Supreme Court.