General News of Saturday, 29 December 2012
The New Patriotic Party vice presidential candidate in the 2012 elections Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has come under fire for claiming his party was robbed in the just ended 2012 elections.
A member of government’s communications team Felix Kwakye-Ofosu says Bawumia’s claims of fraud were “intellectually dishonest.”
Bawumia, who was one of three petitioners questioning the validity of the election 2012 verdict at the Supreme Court led media men in evidence of what the NPP believes are irregularities which characterized the 2012 elections.
The Economist and former Deputy Governor at the Bank of Ghana told the media on Friday over 1.3 million votes were illegally counted.
He explained the fraud came in different forms. Over voting alone was 620,443 votes, voting without verification, 456,933, words and figures that did not match accounted for 3,841 votes, he noted.
He said a total of all these irregularities amounted to 1,340,018 illegal ballots and which tilted the ballots in favour of the sitting president.
But in a sharp rebuttal the NDC claims the figures being churned by the NPP vice presidential candidate is fraudulent.
A member of the Communications team of the party, Felix Kwakye Ofosu in an interview on Radio Gold said the NDC has gone through each of the 26,000 polling station and can say that the claims by Dr Bawumia are “false and do not make sense.”
He said even if it is true that there were over voting, what is the evidence that the excess votes went to candidate John Mahama?
He argued further that merely because the presiding officer failed to sign did not invalidate the results declared.
“This is the most laughable press conference I have ever heard of in my young political career. I think the NPP has to take the people of Ghana more serious. When they said the evidence was going to be shocking I doubted it but what they have shown today is extremely shocking.
“This allegation is so outrageous it; It should never have come from a PhD holder and I think Dr Bawumia has not been fair to his parents who educated him to that level.
“He must give credit to his parents who struggled to educate him to that level by engaging in honest intellectual discourse.
“As an intellectual he should be ashamed of what he has done today. How does he convince the good people of Ghana that this bogus evidence that he churned out, makes sense.
“I think he must come and apologise to the people of Ghana,” he said.