The Campaign Chairman for New Patriotic Party (NPP), says one of the party’s objectives heading into the election petition is to prove that NDC’s John Mahama did not obtain the total number of votes he was credited with.
Peter Mac Manu said NPP’s legal team, led by former President of the Greater Accra Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Frank Davies, are adequately prepared to prove the party’s assertion.
“We believe, and will prove in Supreme Court that even John Mahama did not receive the number of votes that have been credited to him. We’re going to show that during the course of the trial,” he told Joy News’ Emefa Apawu Thursday night.
In his petition to the Supreme Court Wednesday, Mr Mahama said, “The claim that percentage of votes obtained by the 2nd Respondent [Nana Akufo-Addo] was 51.595% [6,730,413] of the total valid votes that she distinctly stated to have been 13,434,574 was a manifest error, as votes cast for 2nd Respondent would amount to 50.098% and not the 51.595% erroneously declared.”
He said the 1st Respondent in her December 9 declaration said the NDC candidate obtained 6,214,889 being 47.366% of the valid votes.
“From the total votes cast of 13,434,574, petitioner’s percentages would reduce to 46.260% and not the 47.366% erroneously declared.
“The percentage attribute to all but one of the other candidates by Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa were all incorrect,” he said.
Mr Mahama said the percentage of all the valid votes for the 12 contesting candidates “would yield a total of 100.03%.”
This he said is a “mathematical and statistical impossibility, a further proof of the wrongfulness and unconstitutionality of the purported declaration”
Among other things, the petition is on the grounds that “the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”
But Mr Mac Manu maintains the NPP legal team of of between 10 to 12 lawyers is adequately prepared and ready to face the opposition party at the Supreme Court.
“My team of lawyers are already dissecting the NDC’s petition, and are also assembling their own documents,” he said.