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11-Jan-2018  
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Former President John Dramani Mahama has made a sensational claim that there was an incidence of over-voting in the 2016 elections, but his party – the National Democratic Congress (NDC) – decided to let it go.

“I could have gone round to gather all kinds of examples of over-voting and go to court but I don’t think that was good. The NDC is playing the game democratically. The NPP are the ones that often will never accept the verdict of the people when they have lost the election,” he told Ghana Television (GTV) in an interview on Tuesday.

Vital Statistics

Current President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo – then candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) – made history last year when against all odds, he defeated incumbent Mahama with a margin of over one million votes after a keenly contested general elections on December 7, 2016.

While then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo’s votes appreciated significantly, the National Democratic Congress’ John Mahama’s dropped woefully.

The then opposition candidate (Nana Akufo-Addo) polled 5,716,026, which translated into 53.85% and Mr. Mahama garnered 4,713,277, representing 44.40% – dashing Mr. Mahama’s second term hope.

Sour Losers

Speaking on GTV to mark the 25th anniversary of Ghana’s uninterrupted democratic rule, Mr Mahama, who appears to be sulking over his embarrassing defeat, accused the NPP of being sour losers and said they had always rejected national election results when the verdict did not favour them.

“Our party has always accepted the verdict when we lost. It is our opponents who don’t,” he said, and went ahead to show what he said were instances of the NPP being sour losers.

“In 1992, they described the election as the ‘Stolen Verdict.’ In 1996 they described it as the ‘Bought Verdict.’ When they won in 2000, we readily gave power to them,” former President Mahama indicated.

He said, “In 2004, Prof Mills conceded,” but when he was reminded that the NDC went to court in 2004 to challenge the President-Elect Instrument, Mr. Mahama said, “Two members of our party decided to go to court. President Mills conceded and congratulated President Kufuor so there was no doubt about that.”

According to the former president, “2012 was the worse one,” adding, “The NPP went to court and we went on for almost one year. We wasted the whole time of the government because we were not sure the legitimate government was going to move out of office. The international community decided to wait and see and so it actually truncated the amount of time that we had but we did our best in three years plus and we were able to deliver some of the things we promised the nation.”

He said when he lost in 2016, he “conceded and congratulated them.”

Former Presidents

Mr. Mahama said he has good relations with the incumbent president, as well as all his colleague former presidents.

He noted, “The president is a very busy person so you can’t be in touch with him on a day-to-day basis,” adding, “With respect to President Kufuor, we speak and my relationship with him has been cordial. Anytime we speak we are very cordial.”

Rawlings’ Cold Reception

Mr. Mahama said he also has good relations with former President Rawlings – founder of his party – and claimed, “Recently there have been some speculations in the media and all that but we should understand the kind of a person President Rawlings is.

“Sometimes he is in a mood where he doesn’t want to engage in any conversation. Recently at the thanksgiving they were giving all kinds of interpretations to the handshake we had. There are occasions when he comes he greets the military style and on some other occasions, it is cordial. I met him in Kpando and we were very cordial; we exchanged pleasantries. Sometimes you sit next to him and he is in a mood to talk.”

JJ’s Criticisms

Mr Mahama said former President Rawlings has “criticized all administrations,” saying, “If he thinks things are not going right it is his right to criticize and you take it in good faith.

“When you are president you take decisions on a daily basis and you must listen to criticisms but eventually, the decision is yours to take and so there might have been times he makes a suggestion and based on information I have from National Security intelligence, I take a decision contrary to his suggestion and of course, he won’t be happy.”

Wide-Ranging Issues

He talked about political communication and cautioned against any attempt to restrict the use of social media, as well as the fact that Ghana’s democracy is blossoming due to the entertainment of dissenting opinions by political actors and the role of the judiciary in the current democratic dispensation.

Mr. Mahama said he supports a law that will give the president the power to select his ministers not necessarily from parliament, and reiterated his position that the Special Prosecutor might not be independent after all because he/she will operate under the dictates of the Attorney General.

He insisted he doesn’t agree that the president is overly powerful under the constitution because there are checks and balances in the system.

2020 Comeback

The former president did not rule out coming back to lead the NDC into the 2020 election. “I am enjoying my new role but at my age I don’t rule out still contributing to my country; but I will do it under circumstances that are very necessary and compelling,” he underscored.

He said the “selecting a candidate for NDC is an issue of our party.”
 
 
 
Source: Daily Guide
 
 

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Name: Edem
This cattle head looking man will not stop talking abaaaa
 
Name: Mavis
John Mahama was and is never fit to be president of Ghana. the post was and is too big for him. Ghanaians lets talk truth, if you mention John Dramani Mahama what comes to mind? INCOMPETENCE, CORRUPTION, THIEEEEEVERY, SUFFERING, NEPOTISM, CRONY-ISM,WOMANIZING, DISGRACE, OPULENT-ISM, I MEAN ALL THE BAD ATTRIBUTES.
 
Name: MR KWABENA
The NDC is playing the game democratically. The NPP are the ones that often will never accept the verdict of the people when they have lost the election,” he told Ghana Television (GTV) in an interview on Tuesday. IS MAHAMA A SERIOUS PERSON TO BE TAKEN SERIOUS? HE ACTS CHILDISH. WAAAA LOOK AT SOME NNONNNSENSES HE IS SAYING..IF YOU ACCEPTED THE VERDICT THEN WHY COMPLAIN NOW? DEMOCRACY ALLOWS YOU TO GO TO COURT IF YOU DONT KNOW. YOU CAN GO, BUT TO PUT THE BLAME ON NPP, THEN SORRY YOU ARE ONE UNSERIOUS BEING IVE EVER LISTENED TO.YOU ARE SOOOO CORRUPT. SO ARE YOU ABLE TO SLEEP??EIIII.. YOUR RELEVANCE IN GHANA POLITICS IS DWINDLING BECAUSE OF YOUR UTERANCES IF YOU CARE TO KNOW..HOW CAN YOU GO TO COURT IN THE NAME OF STANDING BY THE SIDES OF YOUR CORRUPT OFFICIALS??? THIS CLEARLY SHOWS YOU BENEFITTED FROM THE STOLEN MONIES HENCE YOU ARE AFRAID IF YOU LEAVE THEM THEY MIGHT MENTION YOUR NAME??? ARE YOU SERIOUS JOHN MAHAMA?? CORRUPT MAN
 
Name: Eric
This guy was unfit for presidency,per his capacity,the best he could be is a minister.He's very corrupt too.
 
Name: [email protected]
For lack of a better word, this Mahama guy is a F00_liSh man
 
Name: exhibit
NPP conceded defeat to JDM after 2012 SC decision to hand over power to corrupt JDM but NPP never complained. Unfortunately, JDM seems to be complaining about everything from SP, EC to 2016 defeat. He must accept defeat and sit back to prepare his wife who has to appear before the SP and answer for her corrupt deeds with other cronies in the party. Nobody is interested in JDM and NDC again.
 
Name: Poconos
***barred word*** loser. Incumbent president accusing opposition of rigging election. How could they if you were ? Sit your corrupt ***barred word*** somewhere.
 
Name: amuzu
papa ye you know how to lie paa
 
Name: Explosive Diarrhea
mahama is not only a failure as prez. he was and is also UNFIT to be president of Ghana. It was a mistake to let this incompetent man waste our time & resources.
 
Name: Loko
You haven't seen anything yet,2020 might mess up your brain !!!.you will never rule this nation again !!!You haven't seen anything yet,2020 might mess up your brain !!!.you will never rule this nation again !!!You haven't seen anything yet,2020 might mess up your brain !!!.you will never rule this nation again !!!
 



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