John Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama’s re-election bid is in limbo as he has been dragged to court for trying to contest in the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) flagbearership election slated for February 23, 2019.

In his writ, one Stephen Agyeman who sued Mahama argued that Mahama’s re-election move violates the 1992 Constitution and he is thus asking the court to stop the former president from contesting in the NDC’s presidential election.

Mr. Agyeman is seeking a declaration to the effect that John Mahama “cannot purport to seek re-election as President of the Republic of Ghana” pursuant to Articles 68 clauses 2 to 9 of the Constitution.

Agyeman is also urging the court to declare that John Mahama is not qualified to stand for re-election as president of the country.

“A declaration that pursuant to Article 66 (1) and 66 (2) of the 1992 Constitution, the defendant is not qualified as a candidate to stand for re-election as President of the Republic of Ghana on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress.”

According to Agyeman, because John Mahama enjoyed some privileges as former President, raising funds to support his bid to be elected as a flagbearer of the NDC in his capacity as a former President of the Republic of Ghana, without the permission of Parliament “has contravened Article 68 (2) of the 1992 Constitution.”

He is also seeking a declaration that Mahama’s establishment of a campaign office for the purpose of seeking to co-ordinate his activities in his quest to become flagbearer of the NDC constitutes “an office of emolument or profit within the context of Article 68 (2) of the 1992 Constitution and same having been established without parliamentary permission is in contravention of Article 68 (2) of the 1992 Constitution.”