NPP To Seek Review?

owusu afriyieThe New Patriotic Party has indicated that, it may seek a review of the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court dismissing a petition filed by the party’s 2012 presidential candidate and two others challenging results of the polls.

General Secretary of the party, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, hinted yesterday that the petitioners would hold consultations with the National Executive Council (NEC), for a possible review even though the first petitioner, Nana Akufo-Addo, has accepted the court’s verdict and declared his intention not to pursue the matter further.

According to Mr. Owusu-Afriyie, the flagbearer was not the only person who took the matter to court, so his decision cannot hold down that of his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and party chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey.

Mr. Owusu-Afriyie, also called ‘Sir John’, was reacting to comments on TV3 made by Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata, lead counsel for the National Democratic Congress to the effect that, Justice Anin-Yeboah, one of the nine Supreme Court Judges that heard the matter, allowed his political affiliations to cloud his judgement.

According to Mr. Tsikata, Justice Anin-Yeboah’s persistent opposition to the stance of the NDC stemmed from the fact that he was appointed to the Supreme Court by former President John Agyekum Kufuor of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Subsequently, ‘Sir John’ stated that if the NPP after studying the judgment became convinced that the judgment was political, it would seek permission from NEC to proceed to the Supreme Court for a review of the decision.

The Supreme Court by a majority decision on Thursday affirmed the declaration of John Dramani Mahama as the legitimate winner of the 2012 presidential poll.

The nine-member panel dismissed a petition brought by leaders of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) claiming fraud in the election.

The petitioners wanted nearly four million votes nullified on account of which the first petitioner would have been declared winner of the elections. Source: Ghanaweb

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