Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama says President Akufo-Addo has a history of not conceding defeat in any election.
Speaking to veteran journalist, Kwesi Pratt in an interview, Mr. Mahama said he is willing to accept the results of the 2020 elections if it is free and fair.
He then said his main opponent President Akufo-Addo must be willing to also accept the results should he lose and not go on the path of deciding not to concede.
“Accepting the results depends on the processes before, during and after the election. We have come through the processes which were flawed but D day is going to be critical what happens that day if people are intimidated, ballot boxes are snatched and people are beaten and shot, that will indicate whether the election must be accepted or not and even after that there are funny things with the results all these will be vital. Who accepts a flawed election. Nana Addo himself has a history of not accepting any election even when they have been the best free and transparent election. He tied with up in court in 2013 for almost a year, when Prof Mills beat him he refused to concede. If the election is free and transparent and I am convinced why not”.
The NPP filed a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge President John Mahama’s victory in 2012.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) rejected the results of the polls, alleging fraud.
The election commission said Mr Mahama had secured 50.7% of votes, enough to avoid a run-off against NPP candidate Nana Akufo-Addo with 47.7% of the vote.
Mr Akufo-Addo lost the 2008 presidential run-off by one percentage point, but accepted the result.
The Supreme court in 2013 released the full judgement on the 2012 presidential election petition.
In a 588-paged judgement, the court by a 5-4 majority decision justified why President Mahama was validly elected.