Nana Akufo Addo: Saddened, But I Accept Verdict
The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said he accepts the Supreme Court’s final verdict on the election petition saying “what the court says brings finality to an election dispute”.
Nana Addo said though he disagreed with the verdict, “the party will not ask for a review of the verdict so that country can thrive in the interest of Ghanaians.”
The Supreme Court on Thursday confirmed President John Dramani Mahama as the “validly elected” President of Ghana and winner of the 2012 presidential elections.
Speaking to supporters of party in his house, Nana Addo said “everything in my bones, in my upbringing and in what I have done in my life thus far makes it imperative that I accept the decision made by the highest court of the land, however much I dislike or disagree with it. I am saddened by the verdict and I know many of our supporters are saddened too. We must embark on the path that builds rather than destroys to deal with our disappointments.
“In Ghana’s 56 year history, this is the first time an election petition of this kind has been filed through the court. The whole world has watched us in admiration .Our reaction to this judgement will be watched keenly in Africa and beyond and will set an example for generations to follow” he added.
He told the supporters that “even in the NPP’s disappointment , it can take pride in the way we it had conducted itself… even in the disappointment, NPP has again led the way in deepening Ghana’s democracy.”
He also appealed to supporters of the party to accept the verdict.
“There are more than three years left in this political cycle to be a worthy of position and also position ourselves .Lets us wish our President well and thank the Almighty for his mercies for our nation. The battle continues to be that of the Lord’s.”
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