Scores of Ghanaians based in the United Kingdom (UK), mostly made up of supporters and sympathisers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), filled the premises of the United Reform Church in Tottenham, North London to celebrate and reflect on the Supreme Court ruling on the 2012 election petition brought against President John Dramani Mahama by three leading members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ghana.
What was billed as a thirty minute event, lasted well over two hours due to the sheer excitement and emotional overflow that could hardly be contained. To fully appreciate the depth of the joy displayed, one must consider the context and background of the case that had gripped Ghana and Africa for months.
Indeed, hours before, many of them were sitting on tenterhooks anxiously waiting to hear the declaration from the President of the Supreme Court. Needless to say, they knew all along that the elections were free and fair and that the President was validly elected fairly and squarely.
In a speech signed and read by an Executive member of NDC (UK/Ireland) Emmanuel Kofi Kwakye, emphasis was placed on going back to the drawing board and picking up the pieces.
”The election petition has slowed down productivity in Ghana. Output has dropped as investors both home and abroad adopted the wait and see attitude. Now that the verdict has been delivered, and the uncertainty removed, we can all rally behind the President, work hard in this new beginning of our country to push Ghana to her rightful place on the global stage”, he stressed.
An organiser of the event Frank Kojo Anderson, said that the neutrality of the judges was good for deepening democracy in Ghana ”Since both the opposition and ruling parties put their total faith in the judicial system, there was no way anybody could cry foul after the verdict”. Indeed, the NPP suggested that their flag-bearer Nana Akufo-Addo should have won the presidency and took the matter to the Supreme Court of Ghana.
There could only be three likely outcomes from the nine Supreme Court justices who spent 48 days hearing the case. First of all, the court could throw out all the NPP’s election challenges and validate Mahama’s election.
Secondly the court could uphold some or all of the NPP allegations, triggering a recount without the disputed votes and realigning the percentages, putting Mahama or Akufo-Addo in the presidency if one or the other tallies 50%+1 or more. Finally, perhaps the most drastic conclusion would have been to call an entirely new election.
In the final analysis, the Supreme Court in a split decision affirmed the declaration of John Dramani Mahama as the legitimate winner of the country’s 2012 presidential poll. The panel of Judges dismissed the petition brought by Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey of the main opposition NPP claiming irregularities and malpractices in the election.
In a short address, the Convener of Movement for Mahama (MFM), whose presence at the press conference surprised the gathering said, there was more work to be done to ensure an unprecedented second ”one touch” victory for the NDC come 2016.
He was joined by a brother of the President in the person of Mr. Malik Dramani Mahama. Other personalities and functionaries present were Samuel Quaye, Ag. Secretary of the Chapter, Dominic Mbang, Ag. Organiser & Interim Chair of the Chapter and Ms Mary Osabutey, Women’s Organiser of NDC UK.