Former President and the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) in the December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary Polls, Mr. John Dramani Mahama has said that he will not jeopardize the peace of Ghana. He also revealed that he refused to accept the results of the elections because of his strong principles.
In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, December, 30, Mr. Mahama said
“Increasingly, many of us who are trying to understand how the Electoral Commission arrived at the results of this last election are being advised to forego the issues in the interest of peace.
“We are being reminded that Ghanaians are a peace-loving people and Ghana unlike many other nations on our dear continent of Africa have not succumbed to war or been plagued with violence.”
Mr. Mahama filed a petition to the Supreme Court to contest the results of the 2020 polls which saw the EC’s chairperson declaring Nana Addo Akuffo Addo as president-elect.
He further indicated that he loves Ghanaians and will therefore not do anything to jeopardize the peace of the peace and tranquility of the nation Ghana.
“As a former president of Ghana, a county that I loved 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
Mr. John Mahama also noted that;
“I know what it is to concede. I have done so before. In 2016 when the elections were not called in my favor, I conceded. I concede in a congratulatory call to my opponent and then moved on after that, I concede 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 still do now.
So when I say that I will not concede this election, please know that I am not taking this decision lightly. I understand that it is not because of a desire for power, but because of dedication to principle and commitment to democracy.”
The petition he filed, among other reliefs to the supreme court, sought for a rerun of the presidential elections, asking the Court for an order to restrain Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Second Respondent, from holding himself out as President-elect.
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