Allow Supreme Court to determine petition

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Young Democrats, a youth group sympathetic to the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has appealed to members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to live their talk and allow the Supreme Court to determine the petition challenging the 2012 presidential results.

It expressed surprise that while the Supreme Court was considering the petition, some members of the NPP were threatening the peace and stability of the nation through their utterances and unlawful acts.

Mr Atukwei Quaye Sam, the convenor of the Young Democrats who stated this at a press conference  in Accra yesterday, also urged the Ghana Police Service to ensure that any Ghanaian who breached the law, especially when it affected the security of the state, was made to face the appropriate sanctions.

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After the 2012 presidential election, the NPP stated that it would not respect the declaration of the NDC candidate, President John Dramani Mahama as the winner. Consequently, three leading members of the party; its 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and the National Chairman of the party, Mr Jake Otanka Obestebi-Lamptey, petitioned the Supreme Court that there were serious irregularities in the 2012 presidential election.

Not long after that, a group, ‘Let My Vote Count,’  which is a multi-party organisation, was formed and inaugurated with the aim of educating Ghanaians on the alleged irregularities associated with the elections and the need for the Supreme Court to deal expeditiously and objectively with the case.

Addressing the press conference, Mr Sam explained that there were millions of Ghanaians who were going about their normal duty lawfully, paying their taxes and serving mother Ghana and that such people should not suffer any threat or inconvenience as a result of the parochial interest of some selected few who wanted political power.

 He said the group believed that some individuals and leaders of some organisations must be arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to other like-minded persons and also save the remaining peaceful Ghanaians.

 While pleading with the police to arrest and deal ruthlessly with the troublemakers, Mr Sam expressed unhappiness about the conduct of the police and admonished them to wake up from their slumber and deal decisively with the elements whose only wish was to derail the peace that Ghanaians were enjoying.

He indicated that should the police fail to live up to expectation, they would mobilise the youth of the country to embark on demonstrations against the police and the NPP in their desire to ensure that peace and stability were jealously protected.

Story by Donald Ato Dapatem