Failed presidential hopeful of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga, has said he was devastated by the Electoral Commission’s termination of his presidential ambition, but was compelled to accept it for the sake of peaceful elections.
“I just only kept quiet because I want a peaceful election. But if I had taken the lady on, I’m not sure this election would have come on like they’ve plan for next week,” he said in an interview on Tuesday with Accra-based Class FM.
“I don’t want to hold Ghana to ransom just because of the mistake of one individual or seven people. Ghana is bigger than Hassan Ayariga and bigger than any other political party including Charlotte Osei and her commission. Ghana is bigger than anybody,” he added.
The Commission (EC) has for the second time on Wednesday,November 9, disqualified Ayariga from contesting the general elections.
Ayariga was disqualified alongside the presidential aspirants of the United Freedom Party (UFP), the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP), the United Development System Party (UDSP), the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) and the Independent People’s Party. An independent candidate was also disqualified by the EC.
According to Ayariga, even though, he was hurt by the commission’s termination of his presidential ambition, he decided to stay off the courts because “I want us to have peaceful elections and after the elections I will take her [Charlotte Osei] to court.”
Ayariga has declared his support for the presidential candidate of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama.
According to him, Mahama earned his support because of his unprecedented achievements.
Source: Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5FM/Mohammed Awal