Former President John Dramani Mahama has said that even though he disputed the 2020 election results announced by the Chair of the Electoral Commission, he recognises that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the President of Ghana.
This comes after the Supreme Court affirmed the announcement made the the Cir of the Commission, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa.
Dissatisfied with the election results, Mr Mahama filed a petition at the Supreme Court to compel the Electoral Commission to rerun the polls.
In his view, no candidate polled the number of votes to win the presidential elections.
However, after hearing the petition, the apex court in a unanimous decision dismissed the petition on the basis that it was without merit.
Almost all the applications filed by the petitioner including that one that was requesting the chair of the EC to answer some questions, interrogatory application, were turned down by the justices of the court.
Speaking in a meeting with the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs on Tuesday October 12, as part of his thank you tour, Mr Mahama said “Despite the fact that the elections were not declared for us , we went to the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court gave it its ruling against us and so in my address to the nation I accepted the ruling of the court even though we were not too happy .
“I think that justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done and so the demands we made during the court hearing , one, to let the electoral commission give access to information which was turned down.
“To ask the electoral commission some questions that are called interrogatories such as is done in normal court proceedings , that was also turned down and indeed, the most injurious one to our democracy , to let the person responsible for elections in this country that has been constitutionally mandated stand in the witness box and testify to the work she did , also turned down.
“And so, we accepted the verdict but we disagreed with a lot of things that took place in that court. But in the interest of peace of the country we accept by reason of that court , it means that the recognised president of the country is Nana Akufo-Addo and we all respect him as our president.
“I will continue to say that even though we disagreed with processes of the elections, we disagreed with some of the process of the court hearing , the reality of the fact is that he is our president.”
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana