I’m not power-drunk; I refused to accept the 2020 polls on principle – Mahama

Former president John Dramani Mahama has publicized that his refusal to accept defeat in the 2020 polls was backed by a principle and not voracious desire for power.

Mahama says he knows the importance of conceding, that’s why he hasn’t given up yet.

He made this statement at a press conference on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, after officially filing a petition to challenge the results of the elections at the Supreme Court.

According to the flagbearer of the NDC, when he lost the 2016 elections, he accepted defeat not simply in the interest of peace and democracy, but because he respected the will of the people.

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”When I refused to concede the 2020 polls; please know that I have not taken this decision lightly; understand that it is not because of a desire for power, but because of a dedication to principle and a commitment to democracy.”

He said he was compelled to challenge the results at the Supreme Court because he had reason to doubt the credibility of the polls.

Background

According to the results declared by Madam Jean Mensa, President Nana Akufo-Addo won the presidential race in the Monday, December 7, 2020 elections.

President Nana Addo had 51.302% of the votes to defeat former President John Dramani Mahama, who polled 43.359%.

The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.

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