- Dr Akwetey is not happy about attacks on President Mahama
- He says Mahama advised Raila Odinga to go to court
The Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr Emmanuel Akwetey has said Ghanaians must seized needless attacks on former President Mahama and other Observer Missions members who led a delegation into the Kenyan elections.
According to him, President Mahama, Thabo Mbeki and other Commonwealth Observer Mission members conducted themselves creditably in the entire election processes.
President Mahama and other African leaders who observed the elections have come under heavy attacks from some Kenyans and Ghanaians over the annulments of the election results by the Supreme Court.
Some critics have impugned the integrity of the former Ghanaian leader and the Commonwealth Observer Mission with others calling for their heads.
A renowned Kenyan legal practitioner and political analyst, Martin Oloo has earlier argued that President Mahama and other leaders of the mission were in hurry to pronounce incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta a winner, therefore did not conducted any due diligence.
He also labeled ex-President Mahama as not fit to lead the Observer Mission since President Kenyatta doubles as his closest friend.
But sharing his views on recent happenings, Dr Akwetey who was also on the Observer Mission maintains that Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga initially ignored all advice offered him by President Mahama.
He said Odinga rather accused President Mahama and former South African leader, Thabo Mbeki of taking sides to support their friend [Uhuru Kenyatta].
He added that the opposition leader finally resorted to the Supreme Court advice of the two ex-presidents after his call for strike woefully failed.
Dr Akwetey said it is President Mahama and Thabo Mbeki’s advice that saved Kenya from being plunged into war.
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