The Verdict

Image Once again Ghanaians have shown to the whole world that the black man is capable of managing his own affairs. Most of the international media predicted doom and gloom for the country Ghana due to the impending Supreme Court verdict that was due on the 29th August, 2013. Certain diplomatic outfits even advised their citizens advised their citizens to be careful how they move about on this particular day in the country for they thought pockets of violence would emerge in certain parts of the country especially the capital city, Accra and also in the major towns. The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) have been challenging the validity of the December 7 and 8 elections that saw the candidate of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama elected at the Supreme Court for the past eight months. All this was brought to an end with the Justices of the Supreme Court dismissing the petitioners challenge.  The whole world was just watching if Ghana would pass this test, but it happened with such alacrity that before one could say ‘jack’ the final judgement was pronounced and many people were dumb founded as to the meaning of what happened in the court room. As it began to sink in well with both the petitioners and respondents, the die was cast and there was no turning back. Both parties in this election dispute pledged to accept the verdict and make sure the nation suffered no violence. Peace prevailed and in the end Ghana emerged victorious as she came out unscathed. This final judgement affirmed the validity of the President elect, John Dramani Mahama. But once again, because there was no violence, the international media’s attention was not focused on the good example that was happening in Ghana.  Ghana is indeed a beacon of democracy in West Africa and Africa as a whole. Our institutions are gradually passing the test of time and this should send a clear message to the world that the African has truly come of age. Ghanaians would respect and accept this verdict and make sure Ghana continues to chart a good course in their democratic journey. God bless Ghana and God bless Africa. 

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