Tsikata : Akufo – Addo Is No Hero

Mr.Tsatsu Tsikata (1)Tsatsu Tsikata, the lead  counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the famous 2012 election petition case has tongue-lashed then presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his first public statement after the Supreme Court verdict one year ago.

Nana Akufo-Addo together with his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the then NPP chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey filed the petition at the court challenging the result of the 2012 presidential election that was won by President John Mahama. 

They had challenged the election on the grounds that there were too many irregularities that marred the sanctity and integrity of the final results declared  by the Electoral Commission.

The petitioners therefore prayed the highest court of the land to nullify the results, but the nine-member panel of Justices, led by Justice William Atuguba, upheld the victory of President Mahama.

Immediately after the verdict was pronounced, Nana Akufo-Addo, conceded, saying, “I disagree with the court’s decision, but I accept it and I ask all our supporters to accept the verdict”.

“We shall not ask for a review so we can all move on,” the two-time presidential candidate added.

Now, Mr. Tsikata has stated that the first petitioner, Nana Akufo-Addo deserved neither hero-worshipping nor adulation for accepting the verdict of the Supreme Court, after an 8-month long legal haggle.

“Certainly I am glad that there was no attempt to continue contesting the decision, but I don’t see how a hero’s status could be earned by just saying that you respect the decision even though you don’t agree,” Tsikata said in as interview yesterday.

“Of course, it was opened to them to go for a review: if they wanted to and the rules allowed them to,” the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC added.

At that time, various civil society organisations, including the National Peace Council, applauded Akufo-Addo for his concession and people within the NPP have always made the point that the country could have been plunged into mayhem had Nana Akufo-Addo not conceded defeat.

However Mr. Tsikata has maintained Nana Akufo-Addo deserved no hero’s recognition of his magnanimity.

“Some people even like to say they could have resorted to violence but chose to go to court. I worry about that again because I don’t think that anybody should be patted on the back for not resorting to violence because violence is simply not an appropriate cause of action,” he noted.

“It should be out of the question, quite simply,” he said; adding, “And then you know, when it comes to the decision itself, as I have stated, I mean that was the only  feasible decision that could have been taken in terms of the case that was presented,”

“So accepting that decision does not, in my view, call for a hero’s status, but, perhaps, in terms of the internal dynamics of the NPP itself, and the fact that they were completely reluctant to acknowledge that the case really didn’t hold, it was good for somebody who had been at the forefront of presenting the case, to just say that: ‘Ok let’s end the matter the way the judges have decided and let’s move on as a country,” Tsikata argued.

Mr. Tsikata, nonetheless, said Akufo-Addo’s concession was “definitely a good thing.”

“I also applauded the statement that was made by Nana Akufo-Addo at the time, but I don’t think that one should give a hero’s medal on account of that,” he disagreed.



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