General News of Saturday, 2 February 2013

Source: citi fm

The NPP is harassing Ghanaians - Amaliba

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been accused of preventing the people of Ghana from enjoying a peaceful atmosphere in the country after months of intense campaigning and subsequent election.

A member of the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) legal team; Abraham Amaliba told Citi News, the intention of the NPP’s election petition at the Supreme Court is aimed at “sowing a seed of discontent” among the Ghanaian electorate.

“They want to sow in the minds of Ghanaians that the elections were not free and fair; by so doing, bastardizing the 2012 elections... They are harassing the people of this country not to enjoy their hard won electoral victory. They are, as it were, trying to sow a certain seed of discontent.”

The three petitioners seeking to overturn the results of the 2012 Presidential elections on Thursday amended their petition because according to them, they had found more electoral malpractices that characterized the 2012 polls.

Commenting on the matter, Lawyer Amaliba stated that the evidence the NPP was presenting at the Supreme Court was not going to stand the test of time because they were “preparing the grounds to reject the Supreme Court verdict which will throw them out of court... They know that they do not have evidence but it is important for them to let the situation stay as it is and to remain in court. They have come with more polling stations so that these number of polling stations can allow them to stay in court.”

He inferred that the NPP does not have good intentions for seeking to overturn the results of the 2012 Presidential elections at the Supreme Court.”

“It is not always the case that when somebody goes to court, he goes there with good intentions. He could go there to ensure that you, the one he is sending to court, you will not have rest. The NPP is doing that.”

Concerning the boycott of the NPP MPs from the ongoing vetting of Ministerial nominees, Lawyer Amaliba opined that the main opposition was “telling the International community that it’s not well here in Ghana.”