- The unidentified man is believed to have died from the shocking nature of the outcome
- The Apex court dismissed the petition by Mahama, describing it as meritless
- The court ruled that the former president did not adduce cogent evidence in support of his claim
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The Supreme Court’s dismissal of former President John Dramani Mahama’s petition, challenging the 2020 presidential results on Thursday shocked a man to death.
The yet-to-be-identified man reportedly died after collapsing at the premises of the apex court shortly after the judgment was delivered, according to a tweet by GHONE TV’s Serwaa Amihere.
@benayi500 said in reaction to the tweet: “He died a foolish death. Even NDC MPs went for bribe to approve NPP Ministers. When will people stop dying for foolish death.”
@CalebHattrick, however, prayed for the man saying: “Hmmmmmm God have mercy. Is it a true judgment?? If it is cool but if it’s not then............... God save us.”
The seven-member panel in the just ended 2020 election petition trial said it cannot order a rerun of the 2020 presidential polls.
The panel held that the former president failed to adduce “cogent evidence” to back his claims that there was no winner in the December 7, 2020, presidential elections.
“The court expected the pink sheets to be exhibited to prove the claims,” the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, the president of the panel stated.
Akufo-Addo defeated Mahama in the said 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.
The Chief Justice said in delivering the judgment of the panel that from the cross-examination of Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the petitioner’s first witness, there was no doubt that President Akufo-Addo had more than 50% of the total valid votes.
He said the submission that there was no winner in the election does not find favour before the court.
The panel dismissed the petitioner, saying: “We have, therefore, no reason to order a re-run of the 2020 elections.”
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