4 January 2013

Ghana: Mahama's Swearing-in Not Done Deal - NPP MP-Elect

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Ghanaians came from all walks of life to witness the presidential inauguration.

Kumasi — THE NEWLY-elected Member of Parliament for the Ejura Sekyedumase Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Hon. Mohammed Salisu Bamba, has debunked the assertion that the swearing in of President Mahama on January 7 marks the end of controversies surrounding the December 7 elections.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP says it is not only mischievous but also a cheap defeatist political tactics for some supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to peddle the rumour that once President Mahama is sworn in, there is nothing that anyone can do to change that.

The MP has, therefore, called on supporters of the opposition party to ignore such shameful rumours, as it has no basis in the legal and constitutional rule of the country.

Hon. Bamba, who surprisingly defeated the incumbent MP, Hon. Yussif Mohammed Pangabu, who had held the seat on three consecutive occasions for the NDC, said he was very optimistic that based on the evidence presented to the Supreme Court, the results of the Presidential elections will be overturned.

Hon. Bamba told The Chronicle in an interview that he does not expect the case to be dragged for a long time, explaining that once the evidence comes in the form of actual figures and numerical results, the court will not have difficulty dealing with it.

"It is completely illogical for anyone to say that once Mr. Mahama is inaugurated there is no need for the NPP to pursue the legal battle. It must be stressed that the inauguration or the swearing, in is a constitutional provision, which cannot be ignored but it is not sacrosanct," Hon. Bamba explained.

He noted further: "If you voted in a particular polling station and you know that this is the result that was declared and later you find a different thing on the website of the Electoral Commission, is it difficult for you to prove the anomaly, the case of the NPP is simple and that is there has been fraud in the results declared and we have specific polling stations and constituencies to prove".

Touching on the significant victory and the secret behind, Hon. Bamba, who has now been branded as "Darling Boy" in the NPP, therefore attributed the victory to hard work, dedication and good human relations on the part of him and his campaign team.

He said being cognizance of the tedious work ahead, he and his campaign team adopted a comprehensive campaign programme, moving from village to village and meeting the electorate to spread the good message of the NPP.

On his vision for the constituency, Hon. Bamba, who is an astute businessman and a Graduate in History and Psychological from the University of Ghana, said his main objective would be to improve the socio-economic development of the youth through education and social intervention programmes.

He said he would use his power and strength to lobby for projects and also support farming activities within the constituency so that the lives of the people would be significantly improved.

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