- Dr. Clement Apaak wants John Mahama to go uncontested in 2024
- Mahama was defeated in 2016 and 2020 by Nana Akufo-Addo
- The NDC MP believes that the former president won the 2020 election
The Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Abas Apaak, has insisted that former President John Dramani Mahama won the 2020 presidential elections.
The former president was, however, denied his mandate by institutions whose leaderships were “handpicked by his competitor to do just that,” the legislator said.
“The man won the 2020 Presidential elections, this truth is self-evident,” he stated in a tweet sighted by YEN.com.gh.
Mahama, therefore, deserves a “free pass” to reclaim his stolen mandate; Apaak stated adding “only JM can rescue Ghana!”
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.
Mahama petitioned the apex court, praying it to annul the results declared by the chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa.
According to him, there was no winner in the election, and that a rerun must be ordered between him and President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Legal luminary, Tsatsu Tsikata, who is the lead counsel for Mahama in the election petition trial, described the judgment of the court as a “dangerous precedent.”
Speaking on the KSM Show on Pan African TV on Sunday, March 14, 2021, he said what the judgment meant was that in any future, a chairperson of the Electoral Commission and the returning officer in the presidential elections can make a declaration with “numbers which nobody can really explain.”
He added that the judgment will, in the long run, be seen as “aberration.” “They won’t stand the test of time in my view but we will see,” he stated.
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