President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed gratitude to his opponent in the 7 December elections, John Mahama, for resorting to the courts to challenge the election results.
Mahama has petitioned the Supreme Court to restrain Akufo-Addo from describing himself as president-elect as well as declare the election results null and void.
In his last State of the Nation Address for his second term, Akufo-Addo said in all “sincerity and honesty”
the election was “free and fair” contrary to claims by his opponents.
“I’m thankful to the Ghanaian people and God that I’ve been given the mandate to lead the country for another four more years… it’s good for the nation that in the end, my opponent, the former President John Mahama chose the legal path instead of the pockets of violence by his party after the election,” he stated.
Ghana’s opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described the official results of the 2020 presidential election as “flawed and discredited.”
The Electoral Commission declared President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Adddo winner of the polls.
Akufo-Addo of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) polled 6,730,413 votes representing 51.59% of the total votes cast as against John Mahama’s 6,214,889 votes representing 47.36. Total valid votes after the close of poll was 13, 434, 574.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra from the NDC headquarters, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said the integrity of the election was compromised by the Electoral Commission with the help of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and state security.
“We’ve done extensive consultation and detailed analysis of the outcome of the elections as announced by Jean Mensa, Chair of the Electoral Commission and we’ve come to one conclusion that it’s a flawed, discredited elections and therefore we reject the presidential elections without any reservation as announced by her,” the MP for Tamale South told the press.
He added: “We also want to serve notice that the blatant effort even to deny us of a parliamentary majority will be fiercely resisted. We know that the good people of Ghana gave us a mandate and that mandate included a parliamentary majority and they have engaged in an attempt in connivance with the Electoral Commission to undermine the election through brute force with the military.”
Source: Daily Mail GH