Bernard Mornah: NPP is Wasting Our Time with Election Petition

Bernard Mornah, General Secretary, PNC
Bernard Mornah, General Secretary, PNC

The triumphant General Secretary of the Peoples? National Convention (PNC), Mr. Bernard Mornah has described the New Patriotic Party?s challenge of the 2012 presidential election results at the Supreme Court as a worthless venture akin to wasting precious energy in beating a dead horse.

The young Monah, recently won a landmark case at the Supreme Court challenging certain rules and regulations in the conduct of the on-going election petition.

According to the PNC chief scribe, considering precedence set across the world relating to election petitions, the petitioners, especially the twice defeated presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, whose dream is to become the president of Ghana ?at all cost? should tune his mind off any favorable ruling from the court since ?the legal journey they have embarked on will amount to nothing.?

In an exclusive interview with The Al-Hajj over the weekend, Bernard Mornah, who contested the Wa Central parliamentary elections but lost to the NDC?s Rashid Pelpuo noted that, countries like the United States of America, Nigeria and Kenya have set a glaring legal precedence on election petitions, stressing ?I am very confident Ghana?s Supreme Court will not take any decision that runs counter to this precedence.?

?We were all witnesses to the post-election violence in neighboring Cote D?Ivoire when their Supreme Court arrogated to itself? the powers of an electoral commission to declare Laurent Gbagbo as president after the constitutionally mandated body had pronounced Alassane Ouattara as the winner of the election? so it is up to Ghana?s Supreme court to go the Kenyan, Nigerian or US way or the Ivory Coast way; with its attending consequences,? he noted.

Benard Mornah explained, despite the irregularities that characterized the election of George Bush as president in the 2000 election, particularly in Florida in which the defeated candidate, Al Gore took the matter to court, the American Supreme Court ruled that, despite the irregularities, it was not substantial enough to invalidate the results, adding ? In my opinion, the decision of the court was informed by the need to hold America in cohesion.?

?Likewise, if you take the case of late President Umaru Yar? Adua against General Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria, it was obvious that the election was rigged in the Yar? Adua?s strongholds? the court said whatever the irregularities or malfunctions were, steps should be taken to prevent a future occurrence in subsequent elections, as a result, Yar? Adua was declared the president of Nigeria,? Mornah stated.

Additionally, Barnard Mornah recounted the recent election petition case in Kenya between Prime Minister Raila Odinga and President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta, where according to the PNC General Secretary was riddled with evidence of rigging in the strongholds of Uhuru Kenyatta, the court upheld the verdict of the electoral commission, all in the interest of avoiding the Ivory Coast situation.

?In Kenya, unlike the Ivory Coast, what the Supreme Court did was to say, ?yes, there were inconsistencies, but the electoral commission has declared and, therefore, we go with the electoral commission.?

As if the NPP has seen reason with Bernard Mornah, the party is gradually but furtively moving away from their initial pleadings in the petition in the Supreme Court, that is to invalidate more than four million votes in order to declare Nana Akufo-Addo as President, to preparing the minds of their supporters of a possible run-off of the last presidential elections.

Addressing the University of Ghana branch of the Tertiary Students Confederacy of the NPP over the weekend, the Deputy Communication Director of the party, Sammy Awuku alleged rather with glee that the National Democratic Congress has started campaigning in anticipation of a possible Supreme Court cancellation of the results of the 2012 presidential election for a run-off.

Source: A. A. Yayra (The Al-Hajj)

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