The Greater Accra Chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Joseph Ade Coker, has lauded the first petitioner of the just ended election petition; Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his maturity shown after the verdict was announced on Thursday 29 August 2012.
To him, the NPP 2012 flag bearer must now be regarded as a true “Statesman” rather than just a politician.
He described Nana Akufo Addo’s phone call to President Mahama after the verdict as historic since such an act has not been exhibited in the history of Ghana’s politics.
“For the first time a precedent has been set; for a losing presidential candidate was able to call the President within seconds to congratulate him, this has never happened before,” Ade Coker stressed.
The apex court of Ghana after eight months of legal battle affirmed the declaration by the Electoral Commission (EC) that Mr. John Dramani Mahama was validly elected as president of the Republic of Ghana.
After the nine-member panel led by Justice William Atuguba dismissed a petition brought by leaders of the NPP claiming fraud in the election, Nana Akufo-Addo publicly declared his acceptance of the judgment and urged his supporters to do same.
“I have called President John Dramani Mahama and I have now congratulated him on being elected the fourth president of the Fourth Republic of our country.
“…The Supreme Court of our nation has spoken and the result of the December 2012 presidential election has been confirmed as having been won by the candidate of the NDC, President Mahama. As I said earlier, whilst I disagree with the Court’s decision, I accept it” Nana Addo said
Speaking on Adom FM, Ade Coker who was overwhelmed by Nana Addo’s acceptance speech said “I doff my hat to Nana Addo for doing that. I think he will now have to take the posture of a statesman rather than a politician. There is a vast difference between a politician and a statesman. He should now take the posture of a statesman whiles taking a break in politics.”
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