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I didn't rig presidential election –Mahama

31 May 2013, 10:00

Abidjan -  Ghana’s President, John Mahama has said that he did not rig the 2012 presidential election in the country as alleged by the opposition parties.

A statement from the Ghanaian presidency quoted Mahama as saying this when he spoke to the BBC on Wednesday during his three-day official visit to France.

He said the challenge against his legitimacy as president currently before the Supreme Court was not a source of distraction to his poise to ensure good governance.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nana Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of Ghana’s major opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP) is challenging Mahama’s victory in the court.

The NPP is alleging irregularities and massive rigging during the general election that brought in Mahama as president.

The statement further quoted the president as expressing huge trust in the ability of the Supreme Court to deliver sincere judgement in the matter.

"I am not perturbed at all, it is also not impacting negatively on governance, I will not be here for a working visit if I am worried over it,’’ he said.

"Ghana has come a long way in constitutional governance; we have a fantastic judicial system; I believe that the Supreme Court is able to do its job,’’ he said.

NAN reports that Ghana’s electoral commission declared Mahama winner of the election by 50.70 per cent of the votes beating his main challenger, Nana Akufo-Addo who polled 44.7 per cent.



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