Ghana Politics

Mahama has not been served any suit challenging his candidacy for the 2024 elections – NDC

No suit contesting Mahama's candidacy for the 2024 elections has been served - NDC

According to Abraham Amaliba, a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) legal staff, former President John Dramani Mahama has not received any lawsuits opposing his candidacy for the 2024 elections.

Court documents posted on social media revealed that the former president, who was recently elected as the NDC’s presidential candidate for the 2024 elections, had been sued over his ability to run in the next presidential election.
The claim was launched by Kenneth Kwabena Agyei Kuranchie, who wants the former president barred from running for office as a flagbearer of a political party or as president in the future.

According to him, Article 66 (1) of the 1992 Constitution states that a person seeking a second presidential term must be a current president, yet former President Mahama is seeking reelection after being out of office for approximately 8 years.

Lawyer Amaliba responded to this in an interview on Metro TV on Wednesday, June 13, 2023, saying that the suit is “much ado about nothing.”

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According to him, the suit is merely intended to divert Ghanaians’ attention away from the country’s current economic difficulties and his support from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) leadership.

“The former president has not been served, and once serving becomes personal, they must take action to serve him.” What I can tell you is that nothing will prevent the former president from running in the 2024 elections.

“This entire suit is a distraction.” There is no provision in the constitution that says the former president cannot run again. “I see this suit as legal gymnastics, a legal somersault… to prevent the former president from contesting, but nothing prevents him from contesting,” he remarked.

He added that the NDC and the former president are not worried about the suit and are currently focused on winning the upcoming Assin North by-election.

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