The Flagberaer of the National Democratic John Mahama and petitioner in the just ended election petition hearing, John Mahama has flatly rubbished the Supreme Court ruling on his petition.
Addressing a news conference in Accra after the ruling, John Mahama described the ruling as “an affront to Ghana’s democracy”.
Ghana’s Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the 2020 election petition filed by the NDC Presidential candidate John Mahama, on grounds that it has no merit.
The long-awaited verdict confirmed Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s victory in the December 2020 presidential election.
In delivering his judgement the court said the petitioner failed to prove his case hence “the petition is dismissed as without merit”.
However, Mr. Mahama said he totally disagrees with the ruling, saying that the conduct of Supreme Court and the first respondent, Electoral Commission’s Chair, Jean Adukwei Mensa should give Ghanaians a cause for worry.
He accused the Supreme Court of deliberately shielding Jean Adukwei Mensa from rendering accountability of her work to the people of Ghana, in spite of every effort by the petitioner to make that happen.
“Allowing the EC Chair evade the call to account for her stewardship tarnishes not only the justice system but also the electoral system and creates a huge doubt in the minds of Ghanaians about the true outcome of the 2020 election,” he said.
John Mahama also held that every effort made by the petitioner’s lawyers and witnesses to make the truth bare in the eyes of the public was stopped by the Supreme Court.
In his opinion, every right-thinking Ghanaian could tell that the petitioner’s lead counsel, Tsatsu Tsikata, excelled at his unrelenting effort to make the facts bare to the court, but all his efforts were deliberately shot down by the Supreme Court.
He thinks one of the most historic moments was when the EC Chair chose not to testify and account to the people of Ghana and the Supreme Court allowed it.
John Mahama was also intrigued by how counsel for the second correspondent rubbished the mention of God by the petitioner’s counsel, even though witnesses are made to swear by either the bible, the cross and or the Quran when they mount the witness box to testify.
He said the fight for justice in the 2020 elections may have come to an end, but the fight to rid state institutions of persons with partisan interest has just began and it will not stop until state institutions are occupied by people who have the interest of the state at heart.
“We cannot have people in office who seek to destroy the very democratic structures that brought them into office,” he said.
John Mahama expressed gratitude to all his lieutenants for putting up a spirited fight for justice and also thanked the over six million Ghanaians who voted for him in the 2020 elections, assuring them he will continue to fight for a better future for Ghana.