-President Akufo-Addo has asked the Supreme Court to throw out the petition of John Dramani Mahama
-According to him, the petition challenging his reelection is empty
-Akufo-Addo was sworn in for another term on Thursday, January 7, 2021
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has prayed the Supreme Court to throw out John Dramani Mahama’s election petition.
Mahama, the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the 2020 general polls refused to concede defeat in the elections.
Akufo-Addo won the elections, according to the results, declared by the Electoral Commission (EC).
He collected 51.302% of the votes to defeat Mahama, who polled 43.359%. The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, Mahama filed a petition before the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome, a decision he said was borne out of principle rather than an “insatiable desire for power.”
He wants a re-run of the elections between him and Akufo-Addo, claiming that there was no winner contrary to the EC declaration.
However, responding to the petition through his lawyers, Akufo-Addo dismissed it as “incompetent, devoid of substance and does not measure up to the legal criteria for an action.”
The president further argued that the petition failed to prove any attack on the credibility of the 2020 polls, which was held throughout the 38,622 polling stations and 311 special voting centres across the country.
Akufo-Addo was sworn in as Ghana’s president for another four-year term.
Heads of state from across Africa and dignitaries watch him took the oath of office at a ceremony in Accra on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
In other news, the MP for Asawase, Muntaka Mubarak, has accused a Supreme Court judge of trying to bribe a female NDC MP to vote against Alban Bagbin during the Speakership election.
Bagbin took the oath of allegiance and office as the Speaker of Ghana’s eighth Parliament on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
He was elected as the seventh speaker in the history of the fourth republic after a chaotic voting exercise in the chamber of parliament.
Speaking to Joy News on Sunday, January 10, 2021, Mubarak disclosed how the said judge tried tirelessly to persuade the said female MP-elect [now MP] to vote against Bagbin’s nomination.
The judge promised her fuel for the entire four years she will be in Parliament, according to Mubarak.
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