The Chairman of the Volta Development for Ghana (VODeG), Mr Chris Kpodo, has lauded President John Dramani Mahama for the maturity he exhibited during the period when his status as President was being challenged at the Supreme Court and even after the judgement.
The association also saluted all Ghanaians for tolerating one another, irrespective of their political affiliation, during unprecedented eight months of judicial scrutiny of the votes cast to elect the President.
Mr Kpodo, who made the commendation in an interview in Accra, noted that most countries in Africa had “gone down the drain during such trying times” but noted that with such quality of leadership, President Mahama and his team managed the situation to the admiration of Ghanaians and the international community.
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The Supreme Court on August 29, 2013, affirmed President Mahama as the winner of the 2012 Presidential election in a landmark ruling in the petition filed by the 2012 Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and the National Chairman of the party, Jake Otanka Obetsebi -Lamptey.
The respondents in the case were President Mahama, the Electoral Commission (EC), organisers of the elections, and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which provided the platform for President Mahama to contest as its presidential candidate.
Mr Kpodo said Ghanaians had scored another great point in entrenching democracy by allowing the court of law to determine whether or not President Mahama was properly elected, adding that “with such a feat, Ghana will continue to occupy the enviable position of being the beacon of democracy on the African continent.”
The Secretary of VODeG, Mr Agbesi Nutsu, in a related development, said development in the region had slowed down due to the court case and gave an assurance that “ with the end to this case, we will receive our portion of the national cake.”
By Timothy Gobah/Daily Graphic/Ghana