The New Patriotic Party has called on civil society organizations, the press, the Christian Council, and various stakeholders to speak up and advise the former President and NDC candidate for the 2020 elections John Dramani Mahama to take the legal path if the NDC disagrees with the election verdict.
”Let the Ghanaian people speak up, the National Peace Council, the National House of Chiefs, and Civil Society Organisations speak up and tell John Dramani Mahama that this country is bigger than his ego.”
In a press conference addressed by the General Secretary of the party Mr. John Boadu, he said the NDC led b John Mahama is only ‘playing according to the script’ as the flagbearer had in the course of the year signaled his intention to reject the results of the elections.
”Ladies and gentlemen of the media, it is important to state that John Dramani Mahama had from the outset declared his intention to reject the result of the election. He has impugned the integrity of the EC since the beginning of the year and signaled his unwillingness to accept the results of the poll. So, we all know that he is playing according to a script. And we know that the purpose of his effusions is to court the sympathy of the NDC to put him up again as their candidate in 2024. Well, it is entirely up to him. He said in 2016, that it is elementary politics and an old trick for people who know they are losing an election to seek to impugn the integrity of the EC. We know that too.”
According to the NPP, the pink sheet is the primary document that can be regarded as evidence to indicate the winner of the elections and not any other set of facts. ”Regarding the parliamentary election, the results were collated and declared in all constituency EC collation centers across the country, except that of Sene-West, which is yet to be declared. The EC has affirmed that indeed, the NPP has the majority of seats in parliament as of now. Yet, the NDC continues to insist that they have a parliamentary majority in spite of this glaring fact. It is important to remind the NDC that they are not entitled to their set of facts. In an election, pink sheets are the primary documents by which victors and vanquished are decided.”
The party further emphasized the results collated and declared by the electoral commission and also made comparisons of that of the previous elections and concluded that ”no amount of whining can change the results” with emphasis on the votes difference.
”Again, and for the avoidance of doubt, the two leading presidential candidates posted the following results: – Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, 6,730,413, representing 51.302%. John Dramani Mahama, 6,213,182, representing 47.359%. Nana Addo Dankwa of the NPP, won the election emphatically with four percentage points difference between him and his closest challenger, John Dramani Mahama of the NDC.
The votes difference between the two candidates is 517, 231. The percentage points scored by the candidate of the NPP is one of the highest since 1996. So, the presidential election was not even close and therefore there was nothing contentious about it. In 2008, the late Prof. Mills became president with only 50.2% of valid votes cast. In 2012, John Dramani Mahama was president with 50.7% of valid votes cast. In fact, no NDC presidential candidate since Jerry Rawlings has hit the 51% mark in a presidential election.
The 50.2% and the 50.7% that John Mills and John Mahama scored represented 40,586 and 325,863 votes difference between them and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. So, the nation is at a loss as to how a vote difference of 517,231 can be deemed contentious. There is absolutely no doubt in anybody’s mind, that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo won the 2020 poll emphatically and without doubt. No amount of whining can change that.A”
NPP further urged the Former president to seek redress at the supreme court as it is his constitutional right if he felt cheated in the elections.
‘‘The Presidency is not his exclusive right to own. In 2012, we also felt cheated. Our presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, told his supporters that he didn’t want one drop of Ghanaian blood to be shed for him to be president. He said he would take his case to the courts. And he did exactly that. Even when the courts made a pronouncement and he disagreed with the verdict of the court, he accepted it with grace and dignity and bounced back to win in 2016. (Listen to Akufo-Addo in 2012 and what Mahama told us in 2012). We, therefore, urge Mahama to do the right thing by going to court.”
They, therefore, called on Ghanaians to condemn statements by the NDC urging its members to hit the streets instead of channeling their grievances through the appropriate and legal channels.
”You cannot endanger the security of our country on the altar of your selfish interest. You cannot be President at all costs. John Dramani Mahama is asking other people’s children to hit the streets for him to be the candidate of his party in 2024 while his children are locked away in comfort and luxury in Dubai. That is most irresponsible, to say the least.”
We call on Ghanaians to condemn without reservation, the intransigence of the NDC and urge the NDC to resort to the courts to address their grievances if they believe they have any. We call on the security agencies to be resolute and protect the state. We have confidence that the majority of Ghanaians believe in and accept the verdict of the election as rendered by the EC and corroborated by all except the NDC. The closeness of the parliamentary vote is Ghanaians way of telling us to collaborate and avoid the adversarial politics that has characterized most of our fourth republican politics.