NPP to Mahama: Apologize to the judges and Ghanaians for the election petition
The New Patriotic Party has demanded that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and John Mahama, the NDC’s nominee for president in 2020, unconditionally apologize to Ghana’s judiciary and populace for what it claims was the NDC’s misleading election petition.
The former president Mahama and the NDC leadership were accused by the NPP of the highest level of misconduct when they told their supporters they had won the election and urged them to celebrate.
According to a statement made on Thursday by the NPP’s director of communications, Richard Ahiagbah, “They essentially asked them to seek redress on the streets because the Electoral Commission (EC) had cheated them, which their supporters also blindly followed, terrorizing innocent Ghanaians, burning markets, and destroying private and public property.”
“They also squandered court resources and time for months when they were aware they had no case. That behavior alone could have brought about instability in the country and destroyed Ghana’s great reputation as an example of African democracy.
The statement continued, “That wasn’t all; the NDC Members of Parliament, under the leadership of Haruna Iddrisu, also took to the streets and assaulted the EC facilities, knowing all along that they had lost the election legitimately. The NPP considers the NDC leadership’s actions to be not only shameful and reprehensible, but also unpatriotic.
According to a leaked audio recording, the NDC general secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, was speaking to party executives when he made the emphatic statement that despite knowing that their party (NDC) had lost the 2020 general election on fair terms and as a result had no cause of action, they continued to mislead their supporters and lie to Ghanaians that the election was rigged and petitioned the Supreme Court under false pretenses.
According to Asiedu Nketiah, the NDC’s purpose for pursuing this winding path was just for political expediency since they were trying to avoid accepting blame for their electoral loss.
Asiedu Nketiah claimed that the NDC leadership was aware at all relevant times that they lacked any proof to contest the results of the 2020 general election, but they still hoped to use the EC’s testimony’s perceived flaws to their advantage.
The NDC, led by former president Mahama, allegedly launched a ferocious campaign of animosity against the court, slandering and undermining the very integrity of the justices just because they correctly determined that his appeal lacked substance, according to the statement.
“On the basis of the NDC’s own admission, the NPP invites civil society organizations, political observers, and in fact all well-meaning Ghanaians to join the NPP in calling for an apology from former President John Mahama and the NDC leadership for their role in the alleged abuse of power,” the NPP said.
According to the statement, “Our nation has come a long way in its democratic path, and as stakeholders, we are all obliged to maintain and defend this magnificent feat that has made Ghana a shining example for other African countries and the world.”
“With their admitted dishonesty in the 2021 Election Petition, no one should take the NDC’s word for it the next time they say they were deceived in any election, especially in 2024,” it stated.
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