The 2020 presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama has addressed the nation on, Wednesday, December 30 after NDC lawyers filed petition at the Supreme Court over 2020 presidential election results.
This follows the successful filing of a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential results as declared by the Electoral Commission.
The lawyers of the former President arrived in the early morning of Wednesday, 30 December at the Supreme Court to file the petition which challenges the legitimacy of Nana Akufo-Addo as President-elect.
The decision to finally petition the apex court follows nearly two weeks of sustained protests across the country by NDC sympathisers.
In John Mahama’s address to the nation, for making peace prevail in their protests, and before, during and after election exercises.
“We are being reminded that Ghanaians are a peace-loving people and that Ghana, unlike many other nations on our dear continent of Africa, has not succumbed to war or been plagued with violence”.
Also, Mahama made these few statements when he conceded defeat in 2016 peacefully to reveal if it was right for him to do he would have done same in 2020;
“As a former president of the Republic of Ghana, a country that I love dearly, I am here to assure you that I know what it is to act in the interest of peace. I have always done so without reservation or hesitation”.
“I know what it is to contest an election and to have the good people of this country choose my opponent to serve as their next president. I know what it is to concede. I have done so before. In 2016 when the election was not called in my favour, I conceded. I conceded in a congratulatory call to my opponent. And then, not long after that, I conceded in a public address to the good people of Ghana”.
“I conceded not simply in the interest of peace and democracy, but because I respect the will of the people. I did then, and I do now. So, when I say that I will not concede this election, please know that I have not taken this decision lightly; understand that it is not because of a desire for power, but because of a dedication to principle and a commitment to democracy”.
Watch full video of Mahama’s address to the nation:
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