Mahama must beg Jean Mensa for forgiveness – Buaben Asamoa

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The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Director of Communications, Yaw Buaben Asamoa believes former President Mahama owes the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa an unqualified apology.

He argues the former President needs to apologize to the EC Chairperson for accusing her of rigging election 2020 to favor the ruling NPP, when he has known all the while that “elections are won at the polling station.”

On his accord, the former President proved with a recent interview that he wasted the time of Ghanaians and the Supreme Court for dragging the outcome of election 2020 to the highest court of the land.

“President Mahama has accepted that victory comes from the polling station so why did he tarnish the image of Jean Mensa after the 2020 polls? He needs to seek forgiveness from the EC chair and tell Ghanaians how much he wronged them for disturbing the nation with a frivolous election petition. He accused the EC of election rigging when he knows one has to be diligent at the polling station if they want to win an election,” he shared with Raymond Nyamador on the Happy Morning Show.

The politician revealed the ruling NPP learned the hard lesson at the 2013 election petition and has since then put in place measures to keenly monitor elections at the polling station. Yaw Buaben Asamoa noted the NPP’s system makes sure they collate results of an election at most 6 hours after the polls close. “Winning an election is all about being diligent at the polling station and monitoring events but not with violence as posited by former President Mahama with his do or die slogan. It is all about preparation,” he intimated.

He notes that democracy is not about violence and asserted the NPP embodies peace. “The NPP abhors violence and we plead with Mahama to do away with violence. As the NPP, we will be diligent and ensure we win the election peacefully.”

Background

Former President John Dramani Mahama who contested the 2020 elections on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress, took the Electoral Commission to court after they declared the results.

He sought to challenge the validity of results and the subsequent declaration of President Akufo-Addo as the winner.

A seven-member panel of the country’s top court Judges’ dismissed the election petition in a unanimous decision, saying the case had no merit.

Former President John Mahama is fighting off claims that his recent comments may be a prediction of violence in the next general elections.

Mr Mahama says his utterance regarding a ‘do or die’ affair at polling stations in 2024 has been misconstrued by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

During his ‘Thank You’ tour, John Mahama reiterated this suspicion on Tuesday, September 7, that; “we were clearly robbed, but we accepted the verdict for the sake of peace.”

“But I want to state here that the next elections would be won or lost at the polling station. So at the polling station, it will be do or die. I am not saying all die be die. I’m saying it will be ‘do or die’ because the right thing must be done,” he told Techiman-based Akina FM.

Source: etvghana