New Patriotic Party (NPP) Director of Communications Nana Akomea has expressed bafflement at comments by one of the party's founding members, Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby, that the party lost the 2012 elections because it failed to protect the ballot.
In a statement issued in Accra, Dr Wereko-Brobby cast doubts on the party’s chances of reversing the 2012 election verdict at the court.
While he believes there is a substantial case of “official manipulation and massaging of both the voting process and the outcome of election 2012,” he told Joy News’ Jefferson Sackey on Monday that the party and its polling agents were “complicit” in what he says is another stolen verdict in the country’s electoral history.
He said if the party had channeled as much energy into protecting the ballots as it is into compiling a list of voting irregularities across the country, the results declared by the Electoral Commission would have been different.
Rather than going to court, Dr Wereko-Brobby says the party leaders must “let sleeping dogs lie” so that they can “prepare to put up a better performance in 2016 and beyond.”
But the Director of Communications of the NPP is questioning the basis for Tarzan's comments.
Nana Akomea described the election’s outcome with an analogy, saying that just because a security man failed in his duties to protect a house does not mean that the burglar should be rewarded and praised for his action.
He said given the “extensive irregularity” that characterised the 2012 elections, it would be foolhardy on the part of the NPP to let sleeping dogs lie.
Nana Akomea said the NPP owes it to Ghana and her young democracy to challenge the election results at the courts.
“We have a duty to expose these irregularities so they don’t happen again,” he added.
He dismissed the assertions by Dr Wereko-Brobby that the NPP was complicit in its own election defeat, insisting the incontrovertible evidence of fraud gathered so far necessitated the legal challenge the NPP plans to mount against the results.
He insisted the party will follow the due process of law and will present its case to the Supreme Court within 21 days of the declaration of results as stipulated by law.