Yaw Boateng-Gyan, the National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has urged party supporters and members to gird their loins and strategise to ensure a resounding second term for President John Mahama.
He asked them to brush aside the petition currently before the Supreme Court challenging the victory of President Mahama, saying that the highest court in the land would reaffirm the decision made by majority of Ghanaians, which was announced by the Electoral Commission (EC) on December 10, 2012.
Addressing party members at a victory gathering in the Dome Kwabenya Constituency last Saturday evening, Mr Boateng-Gyan, who declined to address the specifics of the petition, described some of the issues raised by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as "laughable."
He noted that NDC leadership and the government led by President Mahama are not in the least distracted by the court case but are focused and working assiduously to deliver on the promises made to the people of Ghana and to ensure that the second phase of the Better Ghana agenda is properly implemented.
The NPP has refused to concede defeat after the declaration of the results. Its presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and NPP National Chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey have filed a petition at the Supreme Court asking the court to annul the EC’s verdict on the grounds that the results it declared do not reflect the actual votes cast at polling stations.
Mr Boateng-Gyan noted that the NDC had also collated all the results from the 26,000 polling stations but that surprisingly and contrary to the NPP’s, the NDC tabulation is the same as the EC’s.
He described the NPP as bad losers and advised them to reflect and put their house in order for the next election.
He advised NDC members, particularly those in the Dome-Kwabenya Constituency, to close their ranks and rally behind their leadership.
Former Deputy Accra Regional Minister Isaac Vanderpuiye challenged party members to evolve tactics that would secure the seat for the party, calling it it worrying that the party has not been able to win the seat for a long time.