Former President John Dramani Mahama, the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Petitioner in the 2020 Election Petition, has said that he disagrees with the verdict passed by the panel of Judges at the Supreme Court on March 4, 2021, as well as the trial process.
He said this at a press briefing with journalists and some party faithfuls at his Cantonments office a few hours after the judgment.
He said most of the good people of Ghana who followed the proceedings of the nearly two-month old hearings will not be surprised at the judgement pronounced by the court on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
“I disagree with the suggestion of our Justices that an election petition is akin to any other civil litigation and therefore an EC Chairperson, whose functions go to the heart of our democracy, can by a legal sleight of hand avoid accounting for her stewardship in an appropriate forum such as the highest court of the land,” John Mahama said whilst reacting to the verdict Thursday evening.
“Our legal team, led by Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata, put together our case in a clear manner, which left no one in doubt about what the issues were. Apart from seeking to ensure compliance with the constitution and for the true choice of the people of Ghana to be respected, the Petition sought to provide opportunity for transparency and accountability in the management of our electoral processes,” he added.
“But no one who followed the proceedings in the Supreme Court will be surprised with the judgement pronounced some hours ago.
“Much as I am aware that we are legally bound by the decision of the Supreme Court, I disagree with the process of trial and ruling of the court, Mr Mahama said.
The seven-member Supreme Court panel of Judges unanimously dismissed John Mahama’s election petition saying it has no merit.
The unanimous decision delivered on Thursday affirmed Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as a validly elected President of Ghana.
The court further said the petitioner, John Dramani Mahama did not demonstrate in any way how the alleged errors made by the Electoral Commission (EC) in the declaration of the presidential election result by the chairperson of the Commission, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa affect the outcome of the election.
“the petitioner did not produce any evidence to rebut the presumptions created by the publication of CI 135”.
“We are therefore of no reason to order a rerun. We accordingly dismiss the petition,” he announced.