Former President John Agyekum Kufuor to attend inauguration of President-elect
The office of the former President John Agyekum Kufuor has confirmed he will be attending the inauguration of President-elect John Dramani Mahama at the Independence Square on Monday, 7th January.
A statement signed by his Spokesperson, Mr Frank Agyekum, said the former President would be at the ceremony in his capacity as a former President of the Republic of Ghana.
Mean while, some members of the youth wing of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have vowed to prevent former President John Agyekum Kufuor from attending the inauguration of John Dramani Mahama as President of Ghana on January 7, 2013.
The youth are set to march to the Airport West residence of the former President on Thursday January 3 to articulate their disapproval of Mr. Kufuor’s decision to break ranks with the NPP which is boycotting the ceremony.
The National Council of the NPP on Wednesday 2nd January 2013 reaffirmed its decision not to accept the results of the December 7 poll and backed the petition filed by Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, NPP Presidential candidate, vice presidential candidate and chairman respectively, at the Supreme Court, challenging the validity of the results of the 2012 Presidential Election declared by Electoral Commission Chairman, Dr Afari Gyan on December 9, 2012.
The Council “also decided and directed that the party shall boycott the planned January 7 inauguration ceremony of John Dramani Mahama and Kwesi Amissah Arthur, as President and Vice President of the Republic, respectively. This decision is binding on all members of the NPP, including parliamentarians.” The Council said it had taken the decision “in order to underline the critical principle of any democracy that the results of an election should reflect the voice of the majority of voters, not the voice of those who count, collate or declare the results.”
But the former president’s office said, the former President Kufuor’s unique position was explained to and acknowledged by the joint National Council and National Executive Committee meeting of the New Patriotic Party in Accra on January 2.
“His presence at the inauguration will be without prejudice to his party, the New Patriotic Party’s stance to boycott the ceremony, nor of his full support for the Party’s petition at the Supreme Court impugning the declaration of the December 2012 elections as announced by the Electoral Commission,” the statement said.