John Mahama Advocates For Peace In His Address To The Nation.
NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama has addressed the nation on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, moments after he officially filed a petition at the Supreme Court. The petition seeks reelection and a restraining order on the person of Nana Akufo-Addo from executing presidential duties, among other things.
The former president in his address, stated unequivocally that he does not seek to compromise the peace of Ghana. That being said, he pledged to ensure an atmosphere of peace and calm throughout the Supreme Court election petition hearing.
Former President Mahama added that he is a peace-loving leader which justifies his decision to go through the legal procedures to register his protest.
He said that he believed in a free and fair election, which he believes was not the case of the 2020 general elections.
“Increasingly, many of us who are trying to understand how the electoral commission arrived at the results of this last elections are being advised to forego the issues in the interest of peace,” the former president stated.
“We are being reminded that Ghanaians are a peace-loving people and Ghana unlike many other nations on our dear continent of Africa have not succumbed to war or been plagued with violence,” he added.
The NDC presidential candidate insisted on his stance for peace before, during and after the Supreme court proceedings.
He added that his decision to petition the 2020 presidential election will not plunge the country into chaos and confusion, but rather bring clarity and understanding to his person and the good people of Ghana.
“As a former president of Ghana, a county that I loved dearly, I am here to assure you that I know what it is to act in the interest of peace. I have always done so without reservation or hesitation.
I know what it is to contest an election and to have the good people of this country choose my opponent to serve as their next president,” he stated.
He equally reminded Ghanaians of the 2016 general elections, where he had duly conceded defeat and extended congratulations to his opponent, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
“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 concede in a congratulatory call to my opponent and then moved on after that, I concede in a public address to the good people of Ghana.
I conceded not simply in the interest of peace and democracy but because I respect the will of the people. I did then and I still do now,” he indicated.
“So when I say that I will not concede this election, please know that I am not taking this decision lightly. I understand that it is not because of a desire for power, but because of dedication to principle and commitment to democracy,” he said further.