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General News of Sunday, 16 December 2012

Source: Peace FM

Ablakwa To NPP: Four Years Is Just A Short Time


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The MP elect for the North Tongu constituency, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has called on the leadership of the New Patriotic Party(NPP) to let go of any electoral pain and concede defeat in the just ended presidential and parliamentary elections.

The deputy minister for Information also noted on Metro Tv’s Good Morning Ghana show that life must surely move on for the party after the December 7 elections.

He admitted that though it was hard for the largest opposition party to concede defeat, they should also bear in mind that “four years” is just around the corner for them to stage a vigorous campaign again which they stand a chance to emerge as victors.

“We all sympathize, we know defeat isn’t easy to take...many times I try to put myself in the shoes of the NPP. I mean the resources that go into running an election, the energy and the hope that you have. But please let us know that in every election, there are only two outcomes; either a win or a loss. We should also prepare for the other outcome; if there is a loss, then what next?” he asked.

He however chided them for creating the impression that the NDC massively rigged the elections, and pointed out that the NPP is mistaking “belief” that the electoral process was rigged for a “fact”.

“There are going to be many elections and four years is just a short time; a very very short time. If you want to go to court, fine, you can go, but the way to the Supreme Court is not violent demonstration and attacks on innocent civilians. It is not beating of journalists and vandalizing cars,” he said.

Speaking on the same platform, Communications Director of the NPP, Nana Akomea noted that it is farfetched for Mr. Ablakwa to create the impression that the NPP were treated fairly in the recent elections.

He revealed that the party has set up a team to put their facts together before their lawyers appear in court.

“We are going to the Supreme Court. We are going to seek certain release at the Supreme Court; we are going to ask the Supreme Court to invalidate the results of the 2012 general elections on the basis of the flawed results that came out...if it is merely throwing out the instances for public relations, we could have done that. But because we are going to the court and because we are going to convince the court to invalidate the results...for example if we are able to show that a certain number of votes were added to John Mahama’s and those votes should not have been added, it would take the elections to a second round,” he said.

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