Private Legal Practitioner, Martin Kpebu has indicated clearly that the ongoing 2020 Election petition is actually a big win for the opposition National Democratic Congress irrespective of the Supreme Court verdict come March 4. “This case has shoved up the NDC’s chances for 2024, let’s be very frank”
Speaking to the host of TheBigIssue on CitiTv, Lawyer Kpebu hinted that this ongoing petition has sowed deeply into the minds of some citizens, very critical questions like “what is the Electoral Commissioner, Mrs Jean Mensah running away from? This, he believes is a “huge gain for the National Democracy Congress (NDC) and not necessarily the outcome of the verdict.
“The EC made some mistakes and a lot of us think that this is not something they should run away from. Mrs Jean Mensah could’ve mounted the box . Afari gyan made a similar mistake in 2012. It didn’t change the results of the election. Madam Jean Mensah refusing to take the stand , people in the middle are having thoughts about that”
According to Martin Kpebu, people should not count the fortunes of Fmr President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC just at the Supreme Court verdict but rather look beyond it into the 2024 elections. “The biggest of it all , there is electoral psychology at the bottom of this election petition”
Martin Kpebu believes this current 2020 Election petition just as that of 2012 is a test to our democracy and called on Ghanaians to applaud themselves as a nation regardless of the verdict. The lawyer also believes it’s time to improve upon our electoral architecture as this is the second time the Electoral Commission is being held accountable for erring in the declaration of election results.
“Afari Gyan made a similar mistake in 2012 and it didn’t change the outcome. Jean Mensah has repeated the same so it makes it two times and so we should be looking at how to support the EC with statisticians and mathematicians and other very technical persons in that area so that we can avoid such mistakes in the future”