2020 elections: Ghanaians overwhelmingly gave me the mandate; but God didn’t give me power
John Dramani Mahama says he strongly believes that Ghanaians voted him as President in the 2020 elections.
However, God did not give him the power, the former president argued – Mahama got over 40% of the valid vote cast in the elections.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has admitted that though Ghanaians voted him to be president, it was not the will of God for him to assume the position of power.
In a speech delivered on his behalf by former Food and Agriculture Minister, Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, as reported by Starrfm.com.gh, Mahama thanked the over 6million Ghanaians who “overwhelmingly” endorsed him in the 2020 elections.
In the speech delivered on behalf of the former president and the National Democratic Congress’ presidential candidate for the 2020 elections, Mohammed-Muniru said: “You gave him your mandate but God didn’t give him the power. And he says I should tell you that God doesn’t make mistakes. He may have very good reasons why God didn’t give him the power.”
Mohammed-Munira made the speech when he led a delegation of NDC bigwigs on behalf of the former President to a durbar organised in Nabdam, a district in the Upper East Region, to mark the 10th anniversary of the installation of Na Pa-Riyoung Kosom Asaga Yelzoya II as the Nangonaab (the Paramount Chief of Nangodi).
The NDC’s First National Vice Chairman, Chief Awudu Sofo Azoka, as well as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nabdam, Dr. Mark Kurt Nawaane, and former Minister for Information, John Tia, were part of the team.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo defeated former President John Mahama in the said election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four-percentage point, one of the highest since 1996. The former president rejected the outcome of the elections and petitioned the Supreme Court.
He argued that there was no winner in the elections and that the declaration by the chairperson of EC was flawed.
John Mahama thus prayed the court to order for a rerun of the elections between him and Akufo-Addo.
The Apex Court, however, dismissed the petition, stating that it cannot order a rerun of the 2020 presidential polls.
The panel held that former President John Dramani Mahama, the petitioner in the case, failed to adduce “cogent evidence” to back his claims that there was no winner in the December 7, 2020, presidential elections.