- Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo has said the NDC is counting on the spirit of its departed founder to deliver justice to it in the election petition
- The NDC and its flagbearer in the 2020 election, John Mahama is in court challenging the outcome of the election
- They want a rerun of the presidential race, arguing there was no winner
Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, the national chairman of the NDC, says the spirit of Jerry John Rawlings will see the party through the 2020 election petition.
John Mahama, the flagbearer of the NDC, on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, filed a petition before the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome of the 2020 presidential race.
According to the former president, the election was rigged in favour of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Akufo-Addo defeated Mahama in the election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
Mahama wants a rerun of the election between him and Akufo-Addo, stating that there was no winner contrary to the outcome declared by the Electoral Commission.
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Speaking in an interview on Ahotor FM, Ofosu-Ampofo said according to a report seen on Ghanaweb that the party is counting on the spirit of its founder and other departed forefathers to deliver justice to it in its quest to overturn the outcome of the 2020 polls.
“…The spirit of our founder who served justice by electing Alban Bagbin as Speaker of Parliament will see us through the election petition,” he stated.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo rejected Mahama’s assertion that the presidential race should have gone to a runoff.
Speaking to the leadership of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Thursday, January 14, 2021, he maintained that the party won the race hands down.
Over 13 million Ghanaians voted in the Monday, December 7, 2021, election that saw him secure a second mandate.
In his views, the petition challenging his victory was nothing but “noise”.
“One moment they claim they gained 139 of the parliamentary seats, another they say 145. They are not sure as to how many. All these claims turn out to be false,” the president stated.
The Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, would lead the bench that would hear the election petition.
The court on Thursday, January 14, 2021, granted Mahama’s request to amend errors in his petition.
He mistakenly asked the court to order a rerun of the election between him and the EC instead of Akufo-Addo in the petition.
In granting the motion for the amendment, the court held that the typographical errors sought to be corrected materially did not affect the substance of the case.
The pre-trial will commence on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
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