Opinions Sun, 3 Mar 2013
..... Judges over Election 2012 Fraud?? Woe betides the enemies of the Republic of Ghana who are conniving to scupper justice in the pending electoral fraud suit against the Chairman of the Electoral Commission (Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan) and President John Dramani Mahama. ? Information reaching me from some close relations of members of President Mahama's government indicates that the NDC have been secretly consulting with the Supreme Court judges empanelled to sit on the Election 2012 fraud suit. Should the information be the absolute truth, then I warn the participants of such consultations to beware the ides of March. ? I have mildly paraphrased the soothsayer that warned Julius Caesar, the Emperor of Rome against going to the Capitol Hill on the 15th of March. It had been revealed to the soothsayer the fatal incident that was about to befall him. Julius Caesar ignored the soothsayer's admonition and truly as predicted, he suffered fatal consequence. 'Beware the Ides of March' is the soothsayer's message to Julius Caesar, warning of his death. ? In the mild sense that I apply it, any attempt to twist the truth, despite the availability of voluminous credible evidence to the contrary, will likely incur the wrath of the people. Such a decision has the potency to plunge the country into tumult. I hope the Supreme Court judges will not be that naïve to think they can get away with any prejudicial judgment in favour of President Mahama, the NDC and Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan by overlooking the might of the credible evidence placed before them by the petitioners. ? The Supreme Court judges should as well not erroneously assume that Nana Akuffo-Addo's advance declaration to accept any ruling to be pronounced by them, is a God-send licence for them to declare verdict that is contrary to the facts and evidence before them. ? The information available to me as in propagation by some close relations of members of President Mahama's government has it that, for the sake of peace in Ghana, no Supreme Court judge can declare Nana Akuffo-Addo the winner of election 2012 in spite of whatever credible evidence he presents to the court. Moreover, they claim no Supreme Court judge can invalidate the election 2012 results to ask for a run-off between President Mahama and Nana Akuffo-Addo. ? I find the above reasons very silly and hope the Supreme Court judges will not think along those lines. Are those with warped minds talking about peace ever thought about JUSTICE? Justice precedes peace. Where there is no justice, there will never be peace no matter how far and wickedly one attempt to suppress justice to ensure the prevalence of peace. Any such peace through the suppression of justice will only be for a short while, it won't last. There are numerous instances all over the world that I can cite to prove my point. ? Be it understood by the NDC, John Mahama, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan and the Supreme Court judges that justice in this case cannot be declared in favour of John Mahama, solely premised on ensuring peace in Ghana because he is already the President. This will be absolutely a rubbish reason to give. Much as John Mahama albeit fraudulence, earned 5,574,761 votes, Nana Akuffo-Addo had 5,248,898 votes also albeit stealing part of his votes to give to John Mahama. ? If the Supreme Court in the event of circumventing justice in order not to incur the wrath of the NDC family or to appeasing them should be mindful of how those who voted for Nana Akuffo-Addo will feel and react. The numbers are almost equal if that of Nana Akuffo-Addo is not even higher, were the votes stolen from Nana and the overinflated figure in favour of John Mahama taken into account. ? Does the rumoured secret agreement between the judges and the defendants the reason why John Mahama, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan and Asiedu Nketiah are of late emboldened to come out demanding the Supreme Court to throw out the petition for lack of credible evidence? When the "further details and better particulars" were released to the defendants, they kept silence for almost ten days because they were shocked by the sheer credibility of the available evidence. They have now come out talking trash after the probable assurance to them by the Supreme Court not to have sleepless nights over the petition because they will against all odds rule in their favour. ? We live to see. ? Rockson Adofo ? ?
Columnist: Adofo, Rockson