General News of Sunday, 15 May 2016
Ghana is praying for peace in this year’s November 7, elections – but Malam Shamuna Ustaz Jibril, an Islamic Cleric who is credited with many predictions which he attributes to Allah has warned of a possible doom.
The soothsayer has noted that Ghana is likely to experience an uprising similar to what happened in the Ivorian presidential election, 2010.
“What happened in Abidjan 2010 between Alassane Ouattar and Laurent Gbagbo is likely to happen here if things are not done appropriately by the EC,” Malam Shamuna Ustaz Jibril toldPeacefmonline.com in an interview.
A presidential election was held in two rounds in Côte d’Ivoire – The first round was held on 31 October 2010 and a second round, in which President Laurent Gbagbo faced opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, was held on 28 November 2010.
Originally scheduled to be held in 2005, the vote was delayed several times due to the Ivorian Civil War and difficulties involved in the organization and preparation of the election.
As the polls closed for the first round, more unrest was feared as the former rebels were still armed in the north, powerful militias still existed in the west and neither armed group was willing to accept defeat. The second round date was confirmed despite opposition allegations of fraud and demands for a recount of the first round of votes.
With the second round looming, Gbagbo’s supporters went on the offensive with aggressive criticism of Ouattara. On 2 December 2010, CEI President Youssouf Bakayoko announced provisional results showing that Alassane Ouattara had won the election in the second round with 54.1% of the vote, against 45.9% for Laurent Gbagbo; he reported that turnout was 81.09%.
However, the Islamic cleric opined that Ghanaians must be prayerful to avert the hostile happening – “Imams, Pastors and any patriotic citizen must pray hard to escape this unfortunate wrath”.
He also predicted that the New Patriotic Party will win the November polls by a slim margin.