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Opinions of Friday, 14 December 2012

Columnist: Obimpeh, Frank

NPP Want Power Through The Back Door

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is seeking to take power through the back door as the party has come out to cleary state that it will respect the verdict of the Supreme Court regarding the case it intends to file challenging the outcome of the December 7 elections, no matter the outcome.

According to the party, although it had enough evidence to prove that the results were tampered with by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and was of the firm belief at the court would rule in its favour, it would accept the verdict if the eminent judges thought otherwise. By this decision one can see clearly that the party is desperately looking to cause trouble in our home land Ghana, as frustration has set in their way and their“illegally” occupying the Obra Spot in Accra in protest over alleged rigged election. What the leaders of the NPP have failed to realised is that they risk being held responsible for the unlawful occupation and acts of violence being perpetrated by their supporters .At a rally addressed by regional party bigwigs at the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra Wednesday, a Deputy National Co-ordinator of the New Patriotic Volunteers, a new wing of the party, Kwabena Dwomoh, accused the NDC, in collaboration with the Electoral Commission (EC), stole the mandate of the people and that the party, from Friday, would adduce enough evidence before the Supreme Court to prove its case. Our security forces should not be lenient and allowed the unlawful assembly . It must also be noted that , NPP has failed to follow due process spelt out in the Public Order Act and their acts of lawlessness must not be tolerated.

The leaders of the NPP should have a second look and must realised that they will not be exonerated from the illegal actions of their supporters, if the situatation continues. The EC, on December 9, declared President John Mahama winner of the polls. He polled 5,574,761 votes, representing 50.70 per cent of the valid votes cast, to beat his closest challenger, Nana Akufo-Addo of the NPP, who obtained 5,248,898 votes, representing 47.74 per cent.

Since the declaration of the results, the NPP has insisted that the polls were rigged in favour of President Mahama and as a result asked its flag bearer not to concede defeat.