Speed up trial of election petition – LMVCA tells Supreme Court

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Mr Abu Ramadan explained that the delay tactics put up by the 3rd respondent, the National Democratic Congress, which was being countenanced by the Supreme Court was worrying and frustrating.

He wondered why the NDC and President Mahama, who claim to have won the 2012 general elections genuinely, would be embarking on bringing frivolous applications to the Supreme Court aimed at delaying the court case.

"If indeed, the NDC and John Mahama believe they won the election, why are they involved in such delay tactics. Ordinarily, the NDC and John Mahama should be the ones seeking the speedy resolution of this case, so John Mahama can continue his Presidency. Is it the case that President Mahama and the NDC know they did not win the 2012 elections, and as such will do everything possible to drag the case?" Abu Ramadan asked.

He cautioned that Ghanaians wanted a speedy determination of the trial and if by the next hearing, a substantive date was not set for the commencement of the trial, then Ghanaians would have no choice but to embark on a demonstration to press forward their demands.

"Ghanaians want the case to start now. We have had enough of the delay tactics. Abu Ramadan charged.

Lending credence to the words of Abu Ramadan, Sammy Awuku emphatically told the Supreme Court judges that “Justice delayed is Justice denied.”

He praised the actions of Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Bawumia, and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey for seeking redress at the Supreme Court, which he said had been followed by Raila Odinga and his party in Kenya.

Sammy Awuku assured Ghanaians that by December 2013, smiles would be put on their faces because a newly elected President, Nana Akufo-Addo, would have been sworn in to ameliorate the hardships they were going through.