Opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is likely to activate its Plan ‘B’ as a way of administration, after the Supreme Court dismissed the petition which it wanted to use to overturn the President’s victory in the December 2012 elections.
The petition succeeded in grinding major activities in the country to a halt and also made many foreign investors skeptical of investing in the country. With what happened during the eight months that the petition was the topical issue in country, the NPP is contemplating seeking a review.
But political observers see the move to go for a review as another way of frustrating the government. The NPP in no small way bastardized the government for not doing much, though at the time the party was fully aware that the election petition was having far-reaching ramifications on the country. The party succeeded in painting Ghana as a bad destination for investors by holding demonstrations in the countries where majority of Ghana’s foreign investments from.
Interestingly, the NPP held the demonstrations at the time its leadership back home was in court. It is clear that just a few days after the Supreme Court came out with the verdict, activities, which hitherto were not moving, are picking up.
The political observers are of the view that the NPP intends to use the review to cause some level of uneasiness, as it happened during the hearing of the election petition. The flagbearer of the party in the 2012 election, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, last week, gave an indication in his acceptance speech after the Supreme Court verdict that he will not seek a review of the judgment.
However,, the General Secretary of the party, Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, has given an indication of a possible review. Again, the chairman of the party, Mr. Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, has also hinted at a possible review after the party had studied the court’s judgment.
However, political observers say that the inconsistencies involving the flagbearer, who was the lead petitioner, and the party executives, were a ploy to unsettle the government. According to political observers, the NPP wants to unsettle the Mahama government for a long time, so that it would not be able to fulfill many of the manifesto promises and then they would use it against him in 2016.
The Supreme Court on August 29, 2013 dismissed the petition filed by Nana Addo and two others who were seeking to annul the result of the 2012 Presidential Elections. Even before the judgment, the NPP would not cease to attack the Mahama administration and went further to assassinate the character of the President.
Source: The Enquirer
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