-Former President Mahama still has not congratulated president Akufo-Addo despite the election petition outcome
-He petitioned the court to challenge the outcome of the 2020 elections
-But, the court dismissed his petition
Days after the Supreme Court affirmed the 2020 presidential victory of President Nana Akufo-Addo, John Mahama is yet to call and congratulate him.
Mahama petitioned the Court to challenge the outcome of the elections.
He said the votes obtained by President Akufo-Addo, and himself in the election as declared by the Electoral Commission (EC) Chair were not enough for a candidate to be declared the winner.
He was thus asking for a rerun to be ordered between him and the president.
In a statement sighted by YEN.com.gh, the general secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, urged former President Mahama to eschew his ego and do the needful “in the collective interest of our nation.”
“It is not too late for Mr. John Mahama to call President Akufo-Addo," Boadu said.
After 17 days of sittings including five days of pre-trial, the Supreme Court on Day 18 of the hearing dismissed the petition saying it was meritless.
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 petitioner in the case failed to adduce “cogent evidence” to back his claims that there was no winner in the December 7, 2020, presidential elections.
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.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo will today, March 9, 2021, deliver the first State of the Nation Address of his second term.
This is per Article 67 of the Constitution. The Article mandates the president to present to Parliament the address at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before the dissolution of Parliament.
The president’s address is expected to cover every fabric of the country’s development including; economy, agriculture, environment, education, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Akufo-Addo will also be expected to address the Supreme Court’s affirmation of his 2020 electoral triumph over former President John Dramani Mahama.
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