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Ghana’s 2012 Presidential Election Petition
The story of the presidential election petition as it unfolded outside and inside the courtroom is graphically retold by the author of this book in a straightforward and memorable manner. If you were not among the audience in the courtroom or if you were not a constant watcher of the TV during the hearing of the petition, or if your understanding of the legal process is limited, this book is your best story teller of all that happened.
The author, although a lawyer of many years standing, and a very well-known politician, has not written book on law or politics. His several books deal with history, chieftaincy, culture and conflict in Dagbon. This is his first time of venturing into the politico-legal field. And he has done it well.
Even though the book is intended to tell the story of Ghana’s 2012 presidential election petition, it equally deals with the politics of Ghana and the country’s electoral laws. The book is therefore recommended not only for people who want to know the story of the election petition, but also to politicians and first year law students as well as people interested in law. The book will inspire them.
Ibrahim Mahama was born in Tibungu, a village in Northern Ghana. He had his secondary school education in the then Government Secondary School, Tamale from 1956 to 1962. In 1965, he received his L.L.B. Degree from the University of Ghana, having entered in 1962 to read law, and was called to the Ghana Bar as an attorney in 1966.
After practising law in his nation's capital, Accra, Mr. Mahama served in the government of the National Liberation Council as Commissioner for Forestry and then Commissioner for Information from 1967 to 1968. He was a Member of Parliament representing Tamale for from 1969 to 1972, and was a Presidential Candidate for the Social Democratic Front in Ghana's 1979 elections.
A member of the royal family of Dagbon Kingdom, the author in 1974 became Solicitor and Legal Adviser to the King, Ya-Na Yakubu II and served him until 2002.
The author includes among his hobbies swimming and reading.