Three months after the 2020 election, Ghanaians may still have removed dead bodies from the streets, the air filled with the stench of rottenness as flies and vultures swarm over dead bodies. Those bodies may have been yours, mine, or your children’s.
Ghana was at the very turning point in 2020.
As tyres burned and tear gas erupted in the streets of peace-loving Ghana, I was told that priests, Imams, members of the Council of State and diplomats were begging Mahama to call off his party supporters and go to Law.
How our hearts have been in our throats!
Remember the people who lost their lives. By their deaths, the bread was stripped from the tables of their wives and children. Without the social stability of the extended family system, their children will soon be on the streets (out of school), begging for food, driving trucks and learning street survival tricks that turn teens into violent assassins, rapists and thieves.
Totally avoidable, if you ask me about it. And all we needed after all these years is a government (President, Parliament), in consultation with the Council of State, the Trade Union, religious bodies and civil society, to determine that the 1992 Constitution should be amended to extend the time between election and inauguration.
Due to the shortness of time between the result announcement and the inauguration of the President, the aggrieved candidates fear that, even if they take their petition to court, the judges, taking into account those appointments made by the sworn-in victorious candidate, would not want to disrupt the apple cart and would therefore call upon the technicalities of the law to validate the results.
Three Fridays ago, I advocated that there should be hope for such aggrieved candidates, citing the results of the election petitions in Kenya and Malawi that went in favor of the petitioners, against the sitting presidents, Uhuru Kenyatta (2017) and Peter Mutharika (2019), respectively.
There’s hope in it. Among the judges of the Supreme Court of Ghana, I can lay my two hands on justices Henrietta Mensah Bonsu, Samuel Marful Sau, Gertrude Torkonoo and Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi – the few whom I have met personally, some of whom I have laughed with, and some of whom I have personally traced their personal badge of honesty.
But not everyone has confidence in their personal character, and we’re not all healthy guys, not even when they’re riding a V8 or gleaming limousine. If you think I’m exaggerating, just throw your mind back to the night of January 6 and 7, 2021 in the Parliament of Ghana!
We can no longer afford to postpone the critical and urgent amendment of the 1992 Constitution. While at it, we should dare to also take out “Winner Takes All” from our politics. It feeds our greed.
Remember, God does not have a soft spot for our country. Just remember that Liberians were once rated as the most God-fearing people in Africa.
I repeat that John Mahama’s tongue-lashing against the judges was unjustified. I am convinced that he lost the case. Like him, I was disappointed that Jean Mensah did not testify. But that was not fatal; after all, ECs account to Parliament, not court.
The moment Asiedu Nketia ended his testimony, the outcome of the Election Petition was clear. Without presenting NDC figures to contradict the EC’s, how else do human beings prove an accusation that a candidate in a Ghanaian election did not meet the Article 63 (3) threshold of crossing 50 per cent of the total valid votes cast?
Unless the court’s calculator was faulty, Asiedu Nketia’s own calculation showed that Nana Addo won 51.59% of the vote.
Granted there were vote padding and other errors, the only way to show that they affected the outcome of a presidential election result was to bring evidence of it to court. NDC’s samples? That was laughable. Courts don’t work with samples: that’s for academic research.
I agree with the majority verdict that “The petitioner did not demonstrate in any way how the alleged errors affected the validity of the (results)”
Dear reader, is it reasonable to accept as true, the allegation that the EC Chair instructed a “hard man” like Rojo Mettle Nunoo? Is it reasonable to accept that Jean Mensah could trick an NDC member, any NDC member, when from her first day in office, the party had withstood her, every step of the way, and for every (I repeat, every) decision she took?
John Mahama owes Akufo Addo a concession phone call.
After 2 Month, EC Finally Speaks On Supreme Court Verdict On 2020 Election Petition
The Electoral Commission (EC) has finally spoken up on the verdict of the Supreme Court concerning the 2020 election petition.
The seven-member Supreme Court panel ruled unanimously that while the petitioner (John Dramani Mahama) had legitimate concerns about the results he could not adduce evidence to validate the claims he was making against the EC.
Speaking on Asaase FM, Bossman Asare, deputy chairman of the EC said the court vindicated the work of the commission with their ruling.
“We were relieved right after the election because we know we did the right thing. The [Supreme] Court gave us an international vindication, so for us life is just normal; we have a lot of things, review of the election et cetera that we must engage in,” he said.
“As a Commission, we are doing what we have to do. There are a lot of administrative measures that must be put in place so that in future we’ll continue to be ahead of the game. I think for us we didn’t see the court case as a challenge… we know it’s part of the work and life must go on,” he said.
Taxi Driver Transporting Human Body Parts To Fetish Priest For Sakawa Finally Arrested
According to the local police, the Unit Committee Chairman of Kwamekyere Electoral Area – Aware Isaac, along with two others, intercepted a Daewoo taxi cab with registration number GE 5063-15 with suspects – Awatey David Okra, 22, driver, and Amenuvor Nicholas, 20, on April 7, 2021 at around 10:30 pm from Suhum direction towards Kwamekyere, a community in the District for allegedly carrying human bones.
One other occupant managed to escape with a pan containing some unidentified materials. A search conducted in the taxi revealed a black suitcase containing some old bones suspected to be human bones.
The Coaltar Police command apprehended a driver in the Ayensuano district of the Eastern region while he was transporting suspect human bones and a skull to a fetish priest.
Are You Aware Of The Ritual Killings In Ghana: You Have Made Ghana Hard – NDC Blast Akufo Addo In A Press Statement
The statement urged President Akufo-Addo to expedite investigations into unsolved crimes committed in the country since he assumed power.
Read the full statement below:
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS ON THE MURDER OF YOUNG ISHMAEL MENSAH ABDALLAH AT KASOA.
It is with extreme shock and disbelief that the National Democratic Congress received news of the gruesome murder of a ten-year-old boy called Ishmael Mensah Abdallah at Kasoa in the Central Region by his own teenaged acquaintances for ritual purposes.
The Leadership, as well as the entire rank and file of the NDC, join the family and friends and, indeed, the entire nation, in mourning the loss of this young and promising boy much beloved by his family and community.
It is the expectation of the National Democratic Congress that the appropriate authorities will ensure that the bereaved family are comforted by the swiftness of the application of the law to punish the perpetrators and all who may be behind this dastardly murder.
The NDC has taken due notice of the fact that there appears to be a fashionable craze toward the acquisition of quick wealth by many of our countrymen and women and the youth in particular, without the attendant hard, morally sound and lawful means of obtaining the same.
We deem this development as a dangerous trend that has to be condemned and discouraged by all and sundry.
It is a development that the NDC is unquestionably opposed to, or else we risk bequeathing to the youth, a practice and a lifestyle that cannot build this nation.
We further wish to draw the attention of the Akufo-Addo government to the plethora of crimes whose resolution has dragged on interminably, thus, encouraging the perpetuation of the culture of impunity.
We encourage the youth to look out for honest, hardworking, and accomplished persons as their role models.
The wealth that has been improperly obtained, should never be an attraction for the upcoming youth of this great nation.
In this regard, we call on the Akufo-Addo government to speed up investigations and crank the wheels of justice so that the country can rid itself of the odious reminder of this unfortunate event.
May the soul of young Ishmael Mensah Abdallah rest in peace.
ISSUED ON FRIDAY 9TH APRIL, 2021
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
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