One is the late president’s son, the other is his former foreign affairs minister. Tensions are already mounting ahead of the 2024 elections ... between Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, the leader of Chad’s transition government, and Faki Mahamat, head of the AU Commission.
The petition had been brought by the NDC’s candidate, former president John Mahama, who called the December 2020 poll “fraudulent”.
The electoral commission – party to the suit – said that President Nana Akufo-Addo of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) won 51.59% of the vote and Mahama took 47.36%.
Mahama had been hoping the legal action would trigger a re-run against Akufo-Addo.
The Supreme Court, however, threw out the petition. “The petitioner based his case on erroneous figures quoted earlier by the Electoral Commission chairperson, which was later corrected by Electoral Commission,” said chief justice Anim Yeboah.