The Office of the Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, has distanced itself from a statement made by his spokesman, Sheikh Armiyawu Shaibu, validating the 2020 election results which have been condemned by many as flawed.
In a statement purported to be from the revered cleric’s office, said Sheikh Armiyawu Shaibu’s claim that his organization, CODEO, collated similar results by the Electoral Commission is his own words and do not reflect the thinking of the Chief Imam.
“Information reaching us indicates that, the Office of the National Chief Imam has distanced itself from the Statement of CODEO in which its Acting Chairman , Sheikh Armiyawu Shaibu said, “our results of the 2020 elections were consistent with that of the Electoral Commission”. Even though the said personality behind the statement is the Spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, his statement on behalf of CODEO was made in his capacity as the Acting Chairman of the Organization, and not as the Spokes Person for the National Chief Imam,”read the statement purportedly coming from the Chief Imam’s office.
“We find it expedient to correct the erroneous impression because of the tendency to court public opprobrium and disaffection for the Persona of the revered cleric who has stayed above partisan politics all these years. It must therefore be made absolutely clear that, the Office of the National Chief Imam emphatically disassociates itself from the said satement. On this note, the general public is hereby advised to desist from associating the Office of the National Chief Imam to the “CODEO Statement”.”
The statement was signed by one Shamsu M. Shaibu.
Sheikh Armiyawu Shaibu courted controversy when he sort of validated highly flawed election results declared by EC Chairperson, Jean Mensah, that said President Akufo-Addo had been re-elected to a second term.
According to Armiyawu Shaibu, the same results collated by the EC was also collated by the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers over which the Chief Imam’s spokesman presides as Acting Chairman.
However, the results have so far proven to be mathematically impossible with the aggregation of the results amounting to some 100.3%
Analysis have shown that the EC deliberately took away votes from the NDC’s Candidate, John Mahama and added them to President Akufo-Addo’s votes, among other outcomes that have left the elections deeply flawed.