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Bishop calls for cool heads towards court verdict..From: GNA

The Right Reverend Abraham Kobina Ackah, Anglican Bishop of Wiawso in the Western Region, has advised Ghanaians to exercise restraint as they await the verdict of the Supreme Court on the 2012 election petition.

“Be prepared to accept the outcome of the verdict in good faith so that Ghana’s democracy will be further deepened, to sustain the relative peace and stability, we are enjoying at the moment,” he said.

Rt Rev Ackah, Bishop of the seven years old Diocese gave the advice at the 1st Session of the 3rd Synod of the church, at Wiawso on the theme: “Press on.”

The main opposition New Patriotic Party filed the petition at the court to challenge the results of the 2012 elections by the Electoral Commission (EC), which declared President John Dramani Mahama of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), winner over the party’s Presidential Candidate; Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

The respondents in the case are the President, NDC and EC. Ruling is expected in August after the petitioners and respondents have filed their addresses on Wednesday, July 31.

Rt Rev Ackah appealed to factions in the Sefwi-Wiawso chieftaincy dispute to “press on for ultimate peace”.

“There seems to be a glimpse of hope at the moment and I am appealing to all the factions to press on for ultimate peace, he stressed.

He asked the synod members “to reach the unreached with the good news – that Christ died and resurrected for the forgiveness of our sins and for our salvation”.

Mr Lawrence Ackah Santana, Wiawso Metropolitan Assembly, in an address read on his behalf, congratulated the church for its immense contribution towards education in the country especially in the area.

He said the church has established a number of schools, which have trained boys and girls including Wiawso College of Education, many of who are in responsible positions.

Mr Santana asked the church to “press on”, in the efforts to rid the society of corruption, drunkenness and other vices.

At the end of the three days meeting, the synod resolved to plant more churches, to document all church properties especially, lands and make sure that they have more control over their schools as they try to establish private missionary schools.

They also resolved that every parish should provide vehicle for their priests, open more clinics in the hinterland to serve the distressed communities and in so doing augment the efforts of the government, while all church members should bless their marriages.

The climax of the three- day synod was the dedication of a new Diocesan Office at the cost of GH¢7,500.