I’ll accept verdict of Ghana’s Supreme Court, says presidential challenger, Akufo-Addo

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The candidate said this to the visiting Ashanti king.

The presidential candidate of Ghana’s New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, said he would accept the verdict of ongoing election petition matter before the country’s Supreme Court.

Mr. Akufo-Addo stated this in his Accra residence on Friday when the King (Asantehene) of the Ashanti Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, visited him.

“Our party has a very good record; the party is reputed to be peace-loving, if you look back into history, we have always accepted the outcome of elections.

“The party decided to go to court this time because of the widespread irregularities that characterised the December, 2012 general elections,” he said.

He said that the party had great respect for the nation’s apex court and would respect its verdict.

“We respect and believe in the Supreme Court, that is why we approached it, we will accept any decision or verdict made by it,’’ he said.

The Ashanti monarch had earlier visited Ghana’s President John Mahama.

The president described the legal battle as one capable of strengthening Ghana’s democracy during the visit.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu was in Accra to attend a democracy lecture organised by the National Commission on Civic Education.

Mr. Akufo-Addo told the traditional ruler that NPP members and supporters would not indulge in any act capable of dethroning peace due to the outcome of the matter.

The party had petitioned the court challenging the victory of Mr. Mahama in the December presidential poll. It claims that the election was fraught with irregularities, violence and malpractices, which it said were contrary to Ghana’s electoral rules.

Ghana’s electoral commission had declared Mr. Mahama winner of the election by 50.70 per cent of the votes, beating his main challenger, Mr. Akufo-Addo, who polled 44.7 per cent.

(NAN)


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