The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, Monday, has said the Election Petition that was pursued by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had dire consequences on the Ghanaian economy because it virtually stalled all developmental projects in the country.

According to him, during the eight months trial of the historic case, international inflows were heavily affected, with investors feeling reluctant to pump their hard earn money into the Ghanaian economy.

“Within the eight months, who took us serious, international inflows were not coming. Though the President was still a President because he was sworn into office but who took us serious?” he asked.

But when reminded by Fiifi Banson, host of Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.3 FM that the nation did not come to a standstill during the trial, the Regional Minister said “Psychologically, logically and naturally, people were not feeling that good to move in and invest in this country. People were not even taking the government of the day serious to come and speak and negotiate with anybody.”

In 2013, the country witnessed an eight-month long Election Petition trial by the Supreme Court that was brought before it by the Presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his Vice, Dr. Mahumudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, then National Chairman of the party.

The petitioners cited massive electoral malpractices, and irregularities in the 2012 Presidential elections that was won by the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Agbo, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kpone-Katamanso, said the Election Petition affected the look and feel of the national agenda.

“If we had had that free chance of doing things and not being contested in court by our political opponents, we would even have added more development projects to what we have done now.”

By: Stephen Odoi-Larbi/