I disagree with SC judgment, but NDC is bound to it— Mahama
I disagree with SC judgment, but NDC is bound to it— Mahama. Do not despair at the outcome
Former President John Dramani Mahama has said he disagrees with the processes of the 2020 election petition trial and the final judgment, although his party is legally bound to the decision of the Supreme Court.
He said despite the outcome of the petition, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would not engage in any activity that would undermine the peace in the country.
Reacting to the ruling in Accra yesterday, he encouraged the party supporters to channel their disappointment into hard work that would ensure the next election was transparent.
“Do not despair at the outcome. Never lose hope. NDC will rise again,” he said at a press conference held at his office.
The reaction came about six hours after the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed his petition for not having merit.
The Former President had petitioned the apex court praying it to order the Electoral Commission (EC) to among other things, re-run the 2020 election because none of the contenders garnered more than 50 per cent valid votes in the polls declared in favour of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to Former President Mahama his legal team presented a solid case which was expected to pave the way for accountability and transparency in the country’s electoral regime.
However, he said, all attempt to get the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Jean Mensa, to tell the vital part of the truth was blocked through several ways, which has set a bad precedence.
He said he disagreed with the view of the court that the petition was akin to a civil suit where the EC could decide not to testify.
The decision to evade cross examination, he said, was a clear stab in the heart of transparency and accountability and leaves an embarrassing strain on the electoral system.
Former President Mahama said he was alarmed that the account of Johnson Asiedu Nketsia, the party’s General Secretary and witness in the petition, was mutilated and taken out of context adding that the party’s legal team, would in due course, speak on that matter.
On the death of about eight people who died during the election, he declared them as martyrs of democracy, stating that the party would honour them soon.
While maintaining that the 2020 election was flawed, he expressed gratitude to the rank and file of the party and Ghanaians who reposed confidence in him.