According to him, he conceded in the 2016 General Elections because the good people of Ghana choose his opponent as their next president.
“I know what it is to concede. I have done so before. In 2016 when the election was not called in my favour, I conceded. I conceded in a congratulatory call to my opponent. And then, not long after that, I conceded in a public address to the good people of Ghana,” he added.
Mr. Mahama in a televised address to the nation yesterday pointed with a number points explaining the reasons for his court action against the Electoral Commission and the sitting President, Nana Akufo Addo as the second respondent.
“Some people have asked me what I hope to gain by challenging the results of this election. Let me tell you: I want, perhaps, the very same thing that my opponent wanted when in 2012 he challenged the results of that election; I want the removal of doubt.
I want for all of us to know that our elections should be free, fair, and safe—and that we do not have to settle for a process that leaves us confused, and with more questions than answers,” he disclosed.
The Former President said one other reason is to have a nation where institutions of state can be held to account, and where Ghana can stand on principle and demand transparency without the risk of losing lives.
“When people lose their lives – as seven people did – in the course of our elections, we are moving backwards not forward; we are unravelling the very fabric of our democracy; we are risking the loss of three decades, worth of progress.
When today we see armed military and militia in our collation centres and election outcomes declared at the point of a gun, for us who have witnessed our country’s journey through all its post-independence travails, we wonder if we have truly exorcised the ghosts of our torturous past,” he quizzed.
Mr. John Mahama continued that Ghana must continue to be a nation in which young citizens have faith in institutions, trust the rule of law, and rely on the presence of peace because there is justice.
“Ghana must be a country where we citizens know and believe, without any doubt whatsoever, that the way forward is determined by the will of the Ghanaian people. And that we can hold our institutions of state accountable and guarantee that they work in favour of the national interest and not in the interest of the administration or the person in power.
That is what I want,” the NDC’s Flag bearer added.
By: Isaac Dzidzoamenu/capitalnewsonline.com
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