Ken Kuranchie, Managing Editor of the Daily Searchlight, says the 2012 elections is not yet over until the Supreme Court gives a final ruling on the New Patriotic Party’s petition.
According to him, though President John Mahama has been sworn-in as President of the Republic, his legitimacy is at stake and so, the elections cannot be said to be over until proven otherwise by the court.
“Yes, we have a President. His legitimacy is being questioned, therefore the election is not over.” Ken Kuranchie said during a panel discussion on Peace FM’s “kokrokoo” programme on Wednesday.
He stated firmly that the court verdict, which he was optimistic might favour the petitioner, will enjoin President Mahama to comply with its order, so his revelation to the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs that he will accept the ruling irrespective of which party it favours should not be an issue for debate.
“If the Supreme Court rules for a second round, how can he say he won’t accept?…he will accept it,” he said, adding that; “If the legitimacy of the elections is not addressed now, forget about 2016.”
Touching on the President’s comments about politics of insults, he wondered why he would absolve himself when prior to the 2012 elections, he used words such as “baloney” to describe the debate that arose over the burial place for the late President John Evans Atta-Mills last year.
Ken Kuranchie who dissented to President Mahama’s views believed his statement were implicitly targeted at NPP Flagbearer, Nana Addo, running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey who are all challenging his legitimacy
President John Dramani Mahama in a meeting with the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs some days ago condemned persons who hold political rallies to vilify the Presidency and “decent” politicians.
Addressing the Chiefs at the Flagstaff House, he assured them that politicians like him will never engage in politics of insults.
“Many of us have never insulted our political opponents ever in our lives and we never will,” he told the Chiefs and assured them that they; “can count on us to be decent in our politics.”
He therefore charged the traditional leaders to courageously name and shame persons who engage in politics of insults.
He noted that; “There are some individuals in this country who are in responsible positions who at every step of the way are insulting their political opponents and we know them,” and so, challenged them to “feel bold to identify them and address the message directly to these people and ask them to be cautious in the way they go about their politics.”
But Ken Kuranchie insisted that the President cannot be left off the hook when it comes to the issue since he was an active player in the politics of insults.