- John Dramani Mahama has said his petition was aimed at protecting the sanctity of the electoral process
- According to him, he was robbed in favour of President Akufo-Addo
- Akufo-Addo beat him by collecting over 51% of the votes
The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has explained the motive behind his challenge of the results of the presidential race in the 2020 polls in court.
Speaking on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, Mahama said he was contesting the outcome to remove doubts in the minds of Ghanaians over the credibility of the electoral process.
President Nana Akufo-Addo defeated Mahama in the elections, polling 51.302% of the votes while Mahama had 43.359%.
Mahama rejected the outcome.
“I want the removal of doubt. I want for all of us to know that our elections should be free, fair, and safe—and that we do not have to settle for a process that leaves us confused, and with more questions than answers,” he said.
Meanwhile, the flagbearer of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Dr. Henry Lartey, was not enthused by the court action triggered by the former president.
According to Lartey, in a recent interview with Accra-based Starr FM, challenging the outcome of the 2020 presidential race was an exercise in futility.
He said no amount of legal arguments would change the results as declared and that Mahama should concede defeat.
In other political news on YEN.com.gh, President Akufo-Addo promised to unite the country towards sustainable development.
Speaking on Sunday, December 27, 2020, during the New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Thanksgiving Service, he said he would work not only in the interest of those who voted him for another second term but for those who voted for his opponents, especially his main contender, Mahama.
In the meantime, an Accra high court barred supporters of the NDC from holding demonstrations in the capital, Accra.
The supporters have been on a nationwide protest since the declaration of the outcome of the presidential race in the just-ended polls over what they say was a stolen verdict.
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The court order followed a series of chaotic protests in the capital around the headquarters of the EC.
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