Deputy Finance Minister Fifi Kwetey says he has some amount of sympathy for the opposition New Patriotic Party which is challenging the results of the December 7 elections which saw the incumbent National Democratic Congress retain power.
He said given that the NPP had assumed that it was going to easily overcome the 40,000 votes by which it lost the 2008 election and win the 2012 poll massively, the loss was understandably painful and difficult to accept.
Speaking on Joy FM/MultiTV’s weekly news analysis programme, Newsfile Saturday, Mr. Kwetey, who is also a Member of Parliament-elect for the Ketu South Constituency in the Volta Region, said he appreciated the NPP’s pain.
He however said the NPP’s allegations of fraud were baseless and an indictment on its leadership.
According to him, every serious political party would protect its interest by safeguarding the poll and not start crying wolf after it has lost elections. “The NPP have nothing; they are just bluffing,” he insisted.
The Communications Director of the opposition party, Nana Akomea who was also on the show, said his party would present its case before the Supreme Court of the land in the hope that Ghana's democratic credentials would be enhanced.
He said the NPP would not bother challenging the results if it didn't believe in the strength of its case.
"In 2008 we lost elections by a much smaller margin [but] we didn’t go to court, so if we are going to court this time," it means, "we believe we are standing on something solid," he stated.
Nana Akomea said the NPP would not be railroaded into rushing to court where strict proof would be demanded of it. The party, he insisted will bring its case before the highest court of the land when its evidence is gathered and audited to ensure they stand up to legal scrutiny.
The NPP has been accused of dithering because it has no faith in its own evidence.
But Nana Akomea rejected the accusations, insisting that "the magnitude of the evidence that we have would shock the country."
"We are going to show very clearly," the NPP Communications Director said, "a pattern of irregularities that attended upon the tabulation of the results" announced by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission. Dr Kwawdo Afari Gyan which gave president John Mahama of the NDC, 50.70 per cent of the vote.
The NPP's Nana Akufo-Addo obtained 47.74 per cent but his party has rejected the results, alleging massive fraud in favour of the incumbent President - allegations dismissed by the governing party and the EC.
Nana Akomea said the opposition party owed it a duty to the nation to expose the fraud in the electoral process.
According to him, the raid on NPP collation centre by armed security men "the very day we announced that we will challenge the results in court" was testament to the fact that the government was jittery.
Mr. Akomea is convinced the evidence the NPP will present to the Supreme Court will be so compelling the results as declared by Dr. Afari Gyan, will be nullified.