Archive: Nana Akufo-Addo says he will not accept the result
The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated, emphatically, that he will not accept the verdict of the Electoral Commission in the 2012 general elections, which saw his closest contender John Mahama being declared the president-elect.
“We are not accepting the result declared that was declared by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission,” he told a mammoth crowd at the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle Tuesday.
He said the party has a number of incontrovertible evidence to buttress it claims that figures of the Friday’s election were doctored.
Nana Akufo-Addo said the decision not to accept the EC’s declaration was taken by the National Executive Council of the party at an emergency meeting held earlier today.
He said the party has directed its lawyers to head to Supreme Court to contest the outcome of the elections.
President Mahama polled 5,574,761 votes, a little over 300,000 more than what Nana Akufo-Addo had, but the NPP feels the collated figures have been massaged to favour the ruling party.
Enraged supporters of the party Tuesday marched to the Obra Spot in their numbers where they were addressed by various leadership of the party.
When Nana Akufo-Addo took his turn, he told the supporters the party would not back down on its decision to go to court.
He said no matter how long the court takes to arrive at its decision on the case, the truth about the Mahama-led NDC allegedly rigging the election would come out.
NPP's 2012 presidential candidate was convinced that he won the election.
He asked the teeming supporters to remain calm as the leadership of the party take control of the issue on their behalf.
He said the NPP is a party that believes in democracy and rule of law, and appealed to them to avoid any activities that might cause trouble and disturb the peace of the country.
Nana Akufo-Addo appealed to them to demonstrate that NPP is a party which members comport themselves to win the support of the whole country.
He reiterated that his leadership would not rescind on its commitment to provide jobs, as well as implement the free SHS policy.
The NPP flagbearer was grateful to the people for the support they have given him so far.
While Nana Akufo-Addo asked the charged audience to go home, Joy News’ Manesseh Awuni Azure said other party leaders who spoke, asked the supporters to remain at the converging grounds until justice is delivered to them.
Meanwhile, Deputy Information Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa told Joy News the modus operandi of the NPP after the elections is “worrying”, and condemned what he said was “wanton beating of NDC” sympathizers as well as journalists.
Threat of public peace and order
A section of the supporters. Pix credit: David Andoh
He suspects that the conduct of the NPP is “a deliberate account to discredit the outcome of this election”, adding that their attitude “amounts to a threat of public peace and order”.
He said the NPP has a right to go to court but not to attack innocent people and smashing peoples’ cars.
Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa alleged that people have lost their lives and many supporters of the NDC have been hospitalized as a result of attacks on them.
He said calls by Nana Akufo-Addo on the supporters to remain calm smacks of “double standard and open hypocrisy”.
He argued that when the supporters amassed at his Nima residence Monday and were being cited by some people, Nana Akufo-Addo did not call them to order.
Some of the supporters, he said had chanted ‘No Nana Addo no president’, and described that as “subversive”.