Akufo-Addo, Bawumia Jubilate As Supreme Court Throws Out John Mahama’s Election petition
President Nana Akufo-Addo and his vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, have been spotted jubilating over the Supreme Court’s ruling on the 2020 election petition. The NDC’s John Mahama filed a petition challenging the Electoral Commission’s declaration of Akufo-Addo as the winner of the 2020 elections. By the petition, Mahama was pleading with the Supreme Court to order a rerun between him and Akufo-Addo saying no candidate crossed the 50 per cent plus one vote threshold. After weeks of hearings, the Supreme Court gave its verdict on Thursday, March 4, 2021. The seven-member panel chaired by the Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin Yeboah, held that there was no evidence that Akufo-Addo did not cross the threshold for the court to order a rerun. It thus threw out the case as having no merit. Following the ruling, a video has popped up from the presidency showing the reactions of Akufo-Addo, Bawumia, and others. In the video, the president and his vice are seen keenly monitoring the proceedings. Moments after His Lordship Justice Anin Yeboah affirmed Akufo-Addo’s election, Bawumia got up to shout Mr President before bowing to greet him. Later, the Communications Director at the Jubilee House, Eugene Arhin, Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, and others came to congratulate the president. Meanwhile, an unidentified man has died after the Supreme Court pronounced its ruling. The man is believed to have been shocked by the outcome of the election petition and collapsed after the verdict.
On other news making the rounds at this hour, Former President and flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC), John Dramani Mahama is expected to address Ghanaians today. He would be speaking on the Supreme Court’s unanimous verdict dismissing his 2020 Election petition case. Mahama who was contesting the validity of the Electoral Commission’s (EC) declaration of the 2020 presidential election would be speaking at 5:00 pm at his office in Cantonments in Accra. One of Mahama’s spokespersons in the petition, Abraham Amaliba made this known shortly after the apex court’s judgment on Thursday, March 4, 2021. According to him, unlike the usual post-proceedings press conferences, today’s address will be presented personally by the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) presidential candidate in the polls. According to Amaliba, “We just heard the judgment of the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, we are not able to address you now. We shall however address you through our flag bearer at 5 pm at his office,”
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