I doubt if any serious NDC member thinks Mahama won – Otchere -Darko

A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has said he doubts if any serious member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) actually thinks John Dramani Mahama was cheated in the just-ended general elections in Ghana.

According to him, people he describes as “serious” members of the NDC know that Mr Mahama lost the elections.

His comments come on the heels of claims by the former president that the results of the elections were manipulated in favour of incumbent President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Mr Mahama had indicated that he will not accept the results of the elections because in his view, the results were manipulated by the Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa.

Addressing the nation on Thursday, December 11, the presidential candidate of the NDC said: “The facts and figures on the pink sheets available to us indicate that numerous steps have been taken to manipulate the elections in favour of the incumbent.

“This calls into question the credibility of one of our most important institutional pillars of democracy, the Electoral Commission. It is now obvious to many objective minds that the Commission and its chairperson have been used to manipulate results from the various constituencies and in that process seek to subvert the sovereign will of the Ghana people.”

He added: “Since the inception of the Fourth Republic, final election results have always been declared within a 72hour period to allow for thorough and diligence collation.

“Surprisingly, this Electoral Commission chairperson announced quite suspiciously for reasons known to her a hurried 24hour deadline which as we all know could not and would not be met .

“Surprisingly, this Electoral Commission chairperson announced quite suspiciously for reasons known to her a hurried 24hour deadline which as we all know could not and would not be met.

“The Chairperson of the EC in less than 24 hours after her declaration has admitted that she made unacceptable errors which go to the heart of the entire electoral process and cast deep doubt on the credibility of the announced outcome.”

But in a tweet, Mr Otchere-Darko, who is a former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, said: “So, does any serious person in NDC actually believe that their presidential candidate did not lose the 2020 election?

“I doubt that. Or, are they all, including the ambitious, helping JM 2 build a “stronger” case for flagbearer for the 4th time in 2024? I hope they know the score!”

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