General News of Tuesday, 24 December 2013
A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kakra Essamuah, says the presidential election petition was one of the biggest challenges of government in 2013.
According to him, the eight months legal tussle challenging the legitimacy of President John Mahama had a monumental effect on governance.
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) filed the petition at the Supreme Court on December 28 to challenge the election results alleging fraud.
President Mahama obtained 50.70% of the votes while NPP’s candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo polled 47.74% of total votes cast.
The opposition party rejected the results, claiming that it had incontrovertible evidence to prove the elections were rigged in favour of the president, who was declared winner by Chairman for the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan on December 9, 2012.
After eight months of litigation, the Court by a majority decision affirmed the legitimacy of President Mahama.
Many, especially members of the NDC described the petition as a waste of time, adding that it had dwindled investor confidence in the economy and the country at large.
But Kakra Essamuah on Ekosii Sen programme Monday, opined that the “election petition was an injunction against good governance in this country”.
He said the petition did not only retard economic progress but also impeded individual democratic freedom to govern freely.
The NDC man noted that for eight months, the entire airwaves was dominated by discussions about the petition, relegating government business to the background.
Kakra Essamuah described as unfortunate, how one man’s quest for power prevented businessmen from investing in the country.
He said that Nana Akufo-Addo subjected Ghanaians through this trauma just to satisfy his insatiable quest to be president at all cost.
“For eight months this country’s entire attention was transfix on that case. Akufo-Addo only believes in himself and whenever he is not satisfied with anything, he does not mind the repercussion of his actions,” he stressed.
Kakra Essamuah said even though the election petition confirmed John Mahama as a validly elected president, it was a waste of time.