Ghana opposition goes for broke! As Ghana's Supreme Court begins to hear the mother of all cases--brought by the opposition presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo (pictured right), seeking to overturn the December 2012 presidential result--evidence is emerging that desperation is making Akufo-Addo's faction in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) plan extrajudicial tactics to get its way. Osei Boateng reports.

Author:Boateng, Osei
Position:Ghana - Essay

IT IS SIMPLY SHOCKING! THAT IN THIS day and age, lieutenants of a respectable presidential candidate in Ghana would discuss a strategy of deliberate instigation of violent street protests to cause general mayhem in the country, so they can attract international attention to their cause, beggars belief. But that is exactly what the "back-burner strategy" of the losing presidential candidate in Ghana's December 2012 elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo entails. It shows how desperate his faction has become in their bid to win power at any cost necessary.

Akufo-Addo, the candidate for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), lost the December 2012 presidential race to the sitting president, John Dramani Mahama. But instead of conceding defeat, Akufo-Addo and his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and the national chairman of the NPP, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey filed a case before the Supreme Court challenging the official result announced by the Electoral Commission (EC), claiming that the EC had connived with President Mahama to rig the election in Mahama's favour. They, therefore, asked the Supreme Court to overturn the official result and declare Akufo-Addo the winner.

Preliminary preparations for the hearing of the case have been going on since early December, during which Mahama's ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), has applied--and it has been granted by the Supreme Court--to join the case as one of three defenders. The other two are the EC and President Mahama.

In the meantime, though Akufo-Addo and his supporters say they have a cast-iron case of electoral fraud to convince the Supreme Court to rule in their favour, behind closed doors they are discussing ways to use unlawful means to instigate violent street protests that will lead to general "cacophony" in the country, bad enough to attract international attention to Akufo-Addo's cause.

Unfortunately for them, their plan leaked out when an email sent from New York, USA, by a cousin of Akufo-Addo's who is also a member of his inner circle, came to light. The cousin had been sent to the USA in February to drum up international support for Akufo-Addo. But what he heard in New York was not music to his ears.

Reporting back to Accra, Akufo-Addo's cousin said in an email: "My very good friend and former flatmate at university who works at the UN put together an informal dinner meeting with some 13 UN department heads and ambassadors, including an AU ambassador to the UN, Dr Ayebare, in my honour to brief them about our court case.

"At the beginning I...

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