The chairman of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Kwabre West Constituency of the Ashanti Region, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah has asked members of the party in the constituency to abstain from sex amidst fasting and prayers for a favorable verdict in the election petition case before the Supreme Court.
According to Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, the supporters of NPP in his area are to avoid sex until after August 29, 2013 when the Supreme Court delivers its final verdicts.
“One thing we must know is that if you have sex when you are fasting and praying for something good from God, you can become weak spiritually and physically, Odeneho Appiah maintained.
He said he took inspiration from the practice in Islam where all Muslims abstain from sex during the holy month of the Ramadan fasting.
“They do so in order to remain focused and also become physically and spiritually strong to go through the fast,’ he observed.
He said the sex strike suggestion is part of a series of programmes lined up by the Kwabre West Constituency for divine intervention ahead of the Supreme Court final verdict.
Odeneho Appiah explained to the supporters at the maiden prayer meeting at Kodie a few days ago that though his suggestion was not a directive, he strongly believes that abstention from sex by the NPP Supporters will greatly inure to the benefit of the party as far as the election petition verdict is concerned.
“That is why we have taken it upon ourselves, as party executives in the constituency, to organise the fasting and prayer meeting so that we wait on God for the best,” he noted.
The petitioners in the case 2012 Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and party Chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey –argue that the 2012 polls were fraught with irregularities and so prayed the Court to nullify the declared results.
The respondents include President John Mahama, the Electoral Commission and the governing National Democratic Congress.