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Election Petition: Accept Supreme Court's verdict for the sake of Ghana's peace - Kufuor to NDC, NPP

By Mutala Yakubu
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Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has urged both the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to accept the Supreme Court’s verdict tomorrow, Thursday, 4 March 2021 for the sake of the country’s peace.

The apex court will on Thursday give its verdict on whether or not President Akufo-Addo was legitimately elected in the 7 December 2020 polls.

Speaking on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Wednesday, 3 March 2021, Mr Kufuor advised both the NPP and NDC to accept the judgment of the Supreme Court and call their supporters to order no matter the outcome.

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He told show host Kwame Appiah Kubi that: “Let’s all accept the verdict of the supreme court. Taking an entrenched position to reject the verdict will not help anybody.

“In 2013, the NPP did same by going to court but after the verdict, although Akufo-Addo disagreed he accepted it and worked with it for the sake of the country’s peace. Just as Akufo-Addo did, I advise my brothers in the NDC to accept the verdict if it doesn’t go the way they want it, we’ll plead with them to accept it.”

“Elections are organised every four years if it doesn’t go your way this time, you may get it in the next four years so let us give peace a chance,” the former Ghanaian leader advised.

Mr Mahama, the petitioner in the case has argued that neither he nor President Akufo-Addo crossed the threshold of 50 per cent plus one to be declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

He, therefore, does not understand why the electoral commission declared Nana Akufo-Addo the winner and the President-elect who has subsequently being sworn-in.

Mr Mahama is praying the Supreme Court to order a rerun of the election between himself and Nana Akufo-Addo.

The first respondent which is the electoral commission insists the second respondent, Nana Akufo-Addo crossed the constitutional threshold and was rightfully declared the winner.

The court after listening to the arguments and the evidence presented will rule on the matter tomorrow.