You’re no more NDC’s leader; step aside for Ofosu Ampofo to redeem the party - Anyidoho to Mahama

Suspended former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Koku Anyidoho has reminded John Dramani Mahama that he is no more the party’s leader, urging him to step aside for chairman Ofosu Ampofo to restore discipline to the party.

Anyidoho to Mahama: You’re no more NDC’s leader; step aside for Ofosu Ampofo

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His admonishing to the former President follows the latter's loss of the 2020 election petition at the Supreme Court on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

According to Mr. Anyidoho, John Mahama was fighting his battles by filing the dismissed petition and not the NDC.

He alluded to the party’s constitution, saying chairman Samuel Ofosu Ampofo is now the leader of the NDC and not John Mahama. He believes that the time has come for Ofosu Ampofo to quickly stamp his authority and take charge of the party and restore order.

“As things stand now, & per the constitution of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, National Chairman, is also the current Leader of the Party till a new Flagbearer emerges. Ofosu-Ampofo has the full backing of the NDC and must stamp his AUTHORITY & clamp down on gross indiscipline.” he wrote.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mahama has disclosed that the legal services rendered him by lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata and the other members of the team in the election petition hearing were free of charge.

The presidential candidate of the NDC had petitioned the Supreme Court to annul the December 2020 election declaration which saw President Akufo-Addo win a second term.

According to him, per the figures based on which the Electoral Commission made the election declaration, none of the candidates who participated in the presidential election won more than 50% of the total valid votes cast.

However, in its ruling on Thursday, March 4, 2021, the apex court dismissed the petition based on a unanimous decision of the 7-member panel of judges, saying it lacked merit.

Addressing the nation after the Supreme Court verdict, Mr. Mahama revealed that the legal representation in the court led by veteran lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata was all pro bono.

“I also want to put on record that the service rendered to me by my legal team in the election petition was gratis meaning free of charge,” he said.

The party also assigned nine lawyers as spokespersons on the election petition case.

Mahama disagreed with the court’s ruling, saying it has set a bad precedent, especially the fact that it shielded the Electoral Commission chairperson all through the proceedings from testifying to account to Ghanaians as to how she ran the December 7 elections and how she arrived at the results declared.

“Much as I am aware that we are legally bound by the decision of the Supreme Court, I disagree with the process of the trial and the ruling of the court,” Mr. Mahama said in an address to the nation on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

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