The Bad Mahama We All Avoided

Feature Article of Thursday, 13 December 2012

Columnist: Sarpong, Justice

Sarpong, Justice

I am one of those Npp supporters who thought Nana Akuffo Addo, after the Electoral Commissioner declared the results of the election should have called President Mahama and conceded defeat and congratulate him. I thought what we all saw about the EC did at Dome-Kwabenya constituency in Greater Accra region where the Returrning Officer tried to add 15,000 votes to Mahama’s tally was an isolated case but after listening to Jake Obetsebey Lamptey elaborate on many cases that took place, this might have been a planned operation that needs investigation by the EC but NPP was not given any hearing by the EC which told them to seek redress at the courts.

Mr Afari Djan would have done the nation a lot of good if he would have delayed the announcement for one more day and investigated the NPP complaint but he dismissed them like a Pupil Teacher dismissing his class one class, NO RESPECT. So the question then is, Is NPP having a hard time accepting a defeat or have a genuine case to be decided at the courts or Nana Akuffo Addo, an effervescent man has become a mulligrub?

Let see if NDC would have done the same if the shoe was on the other foot.Don’t forget it is the same mouth that the dog plays with that it uses to bite. Now Mahama is coming across as if he would have conceded defeat if he was in Nana Akuffo Addo’s shoes without complaining but the evidence shos otherwise.

On friday when the voting was going on and some people in his stronghold of Northern Region were being denied the right to vote because the biometric registration did not recognize their thumbprints and refusing them the right to vote, Mahama interjected himself in the electoral process and tried to intimidate the EC to allow these people to vote despite knowing the fact that it was against the laws of the voting process and this is what he said;

General News of Friday, 7 December 2012 Source: Joy Online

Let people with valid IDs vote; verification or not – Prez Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama has asked the Electoral Commission to allow voters with valid Voter ID cards cast their votes even if the verification machine fails to recognize them. He says it is unfair to disenfranchise some people because their identity cannot be verified by a piece of equipment.”

“A piece of Equipment”? This shows his contempt for the electoral process he is praising now when a constituency in Northern Region we understand was allowed voting to go on without the biometric machine after the machine has broken down. This was not the only time Mahama tried to influence the election. On Friday after the close of voting and some stations started to announce some results that were in favor of NPP and it looked grim for NDC, President Mahama tried to influence votes on sunday after some places have been granted the rights to continue voting on Saturday the 8th of December because their voting materials arrived too late or their machines malfunctioned. He was going to hold a press conference about the voting problems before people started voting again on Saturday.

General News of Friday, 7 December 2012 Source: Joy Online

Prez Mahama to address media on election issues

President John Dramani Mahama will be speaking to the press at 6am prompt on Saturday December 08, 2012. A statement issued by his Spokesperson John Jinapor said the press conference will focus on pertinent issues arising from the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.”

Press conference on 6AM on saturday when he knew voting will start at 7 AM? Why Press conference to talk about election issues when voting has not been closed? Is there any history anywhere in the world where President has held a press conference at 6AM? What was the reason behind the early Press conference if it was not to intimidate voters and EC or for some influence peddling to his advantage?

Mahama is the kind of man if you praises him for killing a goat, he will impress you next time by killing a cow. He comes across as an affable humble guy but he is a very dangerous man when things are not going his way. It is when his back is against the wall when he shows his true character and he is usually bold when he is in the Norther regions where he feels secure to say things affable Mahama is not known to do. Who were he referring to as fools when he said this in Bole-Bamboi after he finished voting.

General News of Friday, 7 December 2012 Source: Efua Idan Osam

Vote so you are not governed by fools – Mahama

President John Mahama has called on Ghanaians to go out and vote in their numbers because “the price that wise people pay for not exercising their franchise is to be governed by fools.”

I wonder why the Peace Council led by Rev. Asante did not admonish President Mahama for his interference in the electoral process which could have marred our democratic process but did jump on Sir John who told the whole world that NPP is winning, the same thing Asiedu Nketiah has said .

Would Mahama had conceded defeat without complaining? Not from the way he comported himself immediately before, during and after the voting process so NDC should allow Nana Akuffo Addo to seek redress from the courts if he feels like he has been cheated so that our democratic process will be moored instead of kicking the can down the road. Nana Akuffo Addo in announcing his intention to seek redress from the court appealed to NPP supporters to not take the laws into their own hands and behave peacefully whilst he seek justice from the courts. We all know there can be no peace without justice. The EC advised him to seek redress from the court and he has taken the EC on its advice and doing just that. Let’s allow him to exhaust his options and if things go against him, then concede defeat and congratulate President Mahama, I think that is fair.

Justice Sarpong

Houston, Texas