General News of Friday, 30 August 2013
Former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Asokwa, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, says there is a "miscarriage of justice" in the Supreme Court ruling which dismissed the presidential election petition filed by his party.
The petition was filed by the NPP 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, his running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and party chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey to challenge the legitimacy of President John Mahama.
After 48 days of hearing, the Supreme Court presided over by nine panel of judges on August 29, 2013 affirmed John Mahama a validly elected president in the 2012 election.
The petitioners though disappointed with the verdict accepted it and have said they won’t seek for a review.
But Kofi Jumah on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme said he is saddened by the Supreme Court ruling.
"I am very disappointed in the verdict [because] I think there was a miscarriage of justice" he stated.
According to Kofi Jumah, the foundation of rule of law in Ghana has been seriously undermined because people have lost confidence in the judiciary.
He found it is intriguing that the Supreme Court will dismiss the petition after the NPP was able to prove massive of irregularities in the 2012 election with incontrovertible evidence.
The former Asokwa MP feared Ghanaians may no longer have confidence in seeking justice in the court given the outcome of the petition.
A livid Kofi Jumah overwhelmed by the outcome of the petition said he leaves it for posterity to judge.