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Prez Mahama lauds Election Petition

John MahamaPresident John Mahama has lauded the ongoing Presidential Election Petition which is challenging his legitimacy as president.

He said the petition will strengthen Ghana’s democracy in no small way.

He was speaking to the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the Flagstaff House on Friday.

The Ashanti King is in Accra to address a lecture on democracy on Friday. The lecture is under the tutelage of the National Commission on Civic Education.

Describing Otumfuo as a “Solomonic” figure, the President urged the King to use his position and influence to unite the people during the lecture.

Commenting on the ongoing Election Petition the president said contrary to fears that the petition will divide the country he said it would rather strengthen the country’s democracy.

“At a time when people think the nation is being buffeted by some uncertainty as a result of this court case I do think it strengthens our democracy that even though we have a dispute, or somebody contest the results of the elections he has decided to go to court and we are giving the court the opportunity to listen to his grievance and find out whether it is genuine or not.

“I think that it goes to strengthen our democracy that Ghana continues to show the way in terms good governance, democracy and rule of law,” he emphasised.

Joy News’ Presidential Correspondent Seth Kwame Boateng says the president has since moved into a crunch meeting with security chiefs to find lasting solution to the violent gun attacks in parts of the country.


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