Politics of Thursday, 21 February 2013
Source: The Al-Hajj
Leading members of the New Patriotic Party have sought to distance the party from the current election petition at the Supreme Court challenging the results of the 2012 presidential election, according to a report by the Al-Hajj newspaper.
Mr. Omari Wadie, a in an interview with the Al-Hajj, said the NPP has not challenged the results of the December election and the legitimacy of President Mahama, saying “the NPP is not in court, the NPP is not challenging the legitimacy of President Mahama, it is Nana Addo, Jake and Bawumia who are contesting the results in court”.
President Mahama has been declared winner of the 2012 election by the Electoral Commission (EC) and he has been duly sworn in by the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Woode, and must be given opportunity to tackle the many issues facing Ghanaians, according to Wadie.
According to the Al-Hajj, Omarie Wadie and three others who form the Ordinary Ghanaians group, on Wednesday released a statement asking the president to “restore the confidence in our democracy when today no Ghanaian is inspired to wake up early to stand in line (queue) to vote in the 2016 election.”
The group is also asking “what steps the Presidency [is] taking to solve the terrible water supply/power supply problems facing the country?” and also what measures the president will be outlining today in his state of the nation address to parliament.
Three ranking members of the NPP are in court challenging the declared results of the December 2012 election. Until midday yesterday, members of parliament of the NPP had boycotted every single process that, according to them, gave legitimacy to the rule of President Mahama.
On Wednesday, members of parliament from the NPP side defied a party decision to boycott the President’s state of the nations address after boycotting the inaugural ceremony and the appointments committee sittings.