15th July 2024

Ishmael Yahuza, Executive Secretary of CPD-Ghana

Centre for Policy Development (CPD) Ghana has urged Ghanaians to let peace prevail following the declaration of the judgment in the 2020 presidential election petition by the Supreme Court.

The apex court yesterday brought finality to the two-month long election petition filed by the 2020 presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama.

Mr Mahama was challenging the declaration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by the Electoral Commission as the winner of the December 7, 2020 general election. The court yesterday dismissed the petition as having no merit.

Victory for democracy

Speaking to the Daily Statesman shortly after the declaration, the Executive Director of CPD-Ghana, Ishmael Yahuza, said the verdict, just as the verdict in the 2012 election petition did not break Ghana, yesterday’s verdict should also not destroy the peace the country is enjoying.

He urged the actors in the petition to act responsibly to protect the peace of the country.

“This has come two days to the celebration of Ghana’s 64th Independence Anniversary. We must celebrate this as victory for democracy and another feat to further strengthen and consolidate Ghana’s democracy. Just as our forebearers won independence for us, this should be seen as another victory for rule of law and nationhood,” he said.

“Ghana has ones again surmounted a hurdle some countries struggled to surmount, and we still remain united as at now. In every competition, there would be winners and/or losers, but in this case we must see Ghana as the winner and quickly move on,” he added.

He entreated all Ghanaians to abide by the verdict, and not do anything untoward that would derail the gains made in consolidating the country’s democracy.

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