General News of Saturday, 18 May 2013
The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated his commitment to maintain and support the peace prevailing in the country and also accept the outcome of the election petition before the Supreme Court.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, NPP members and supporters will not indulge in any action that will destabilise the country.
Speaking during a courtesy call on him by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at his residence, Nana Akufo-Addo said, the good record of the NPP is there to show that they are a peace-loving party, and has always accepted the outcome of elections organized by the Electoral Commission.
He however pointed out that, the party decided to go to court this time round because of the widespread irregularities that characterized the 2012 December general elections.
Flanked by his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Dr. Bawumia, Party Chairman Jake Obetsebi Lamptey and a host of other party officials, Nana Akufo-Addo said, the irregularities that characterized the 2012 December general elections could not make the results a true reflection of the will of Ghanaians.
“We respect and believe in the Supreme Court, that is why we have petitioned them and we will accept any decision or verdict they make,” he said. Nana Addo also called on other parties involved in the case to also abide by the decision of the court.
Before Nana Akufo-Addo’s remarks, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II had urged him to accept whatever the outcome of the election petition before the Supreme Court would be.
Otumfuo also asked him to prevail on his supporters and followers to accept the result – whether in his favour or not – in the interest of the nation. The Asantehene indicated that, he will support any decision made by the Justices at the Supreme Court.
According to him, should there be any change of government a result of the court ruling, the triumphant party will receive his full backing.
Otumfuo is in the capital with a delegation of chiefs for a democracy lecture organized by the National Commission on Civic Education. He was accompanied by more than sixty of his sub and paramount Chiefs in the Ashanti and Brong- Ahafo regions.