Election petition verdict not ‘canon’ for parties

The General Secretary of the Ghana Baptist Convention, Rev David N. Ocansey, has stated that the outcome of the petition on the 2012 presidential election must not be seen as a do-or-die affair for the two main political parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Speaking to the Daily Graphic after the inauguration of an office complex for the Trinity Baptist Church at Patase in Kumasi, Rev Ocansey said it was only in an atmosphere of peace that people could go about their work to help develop the nation.

He condemned inflammatory statements coming from some political quarters and cautioned, “We need to draw lessons from the consequences of political disorder in some African countries and preserve our peace.”

Rev Ocansey called for prayers for the justices of the Supreme Court to enable them to dispense justice without fear or favour.

“In my church, we are taking the prayers seriously and I expect other churches to do the same, ” he said.

He expressed surprise at the way some people condemned the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Mensah Otabil, when he called for prayers for the nation to save it from any disturbances that would arise after the Supreme Court ruling.

“If a Man of God is calling for prayers to ensure the nation does not fall into any calamity, is that a crime?” he asked.

Earlier, speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Rev Ocansey said the church was not preoccupied with only the spiritual development of its members but also the country’s social advancement.

He said it was for that reason that the Trinity Baptist Church had built a senior high school in Kumasi and was determined to make it one of the best in the country.

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