Akufo [email protected]: Election Petition Verdict Was "Well Reasoned And Excellent"!

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described the verdict given by the seven-member panel of the Supreme Court on the Presidentil Election Petition filed by Former President John Dramani Mahama, as "well-reasoned and excellent".

Delivering his first State of the Nation Address in his second term on Tuesday, March 9, he said “I am particularly delighted as this message, the first of my second term, the validity of which was unanimously upheld last week in a well-reasoned and excellent ruling by a seven-member panel of the Supreme Court, presided over by the Chief Justice of on March 4, 2021.

Former President John Dramani Mahama went to the Supreme Court to challenge the results of the 2020 general elections. Blaming the electoral commission for various forms of irregularities, he appealed to the supreme court to order a rerun should they rule in his favour

However, the highest court of the land by a unanimous decision dismissed the election petition brought before it by Mr. Mahama.

The seven-member panel led by Chief Justice Kwesi Anin-Yeboah dismissed the petition on Thursday, March 4, saying it was without merit.

Reading a fifty-eight paged ruling, the Chief Justice said the petitioner has not produced any evidence to rebut the presumptions created by the publication of CI 135.

"We are therefore of no reason to order a rerun. We accordingly dismiss the petition," he added.