The Deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri Boahen has heaved criticisms as the lead counsel for the petitioner of the 2020 election dispute, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata for being 'excessively' impulsive in his demands from the court to have the witness for the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensah cross-examined. The NPP party executive who is a legal brain scored that the counsel for the petitioner must come to terms with the reality that they filed a bad case, and thus put the matter to rest.
His comments come on the back of a fresh application filed by the petitioner, John Dramani Mahama to serve notice for leave to reopen the case of the petitioner to enable the EC Chairperson to testify in court after the eminent justices ruled today that his submission to have Mrs. Jean Mensah mount the witness box was quashed.
On Wontumi TV's 2024 Agenda Show, Nana Obiri Boahen argued that no court of law given the circumstances will entertain an application to reopen a case to have the EC Chairperson subpoenaed to testify. Nana Obiri Boahen indicated that the petitioner and his lawyers have been playing by the gallery just to earn some public sentiments.
He recounted that the lead counsel for the petitioner, Lawyer Tsikata opted to close the case for trial and that any further action to revisit any consideration would not be entertained by law. He emphasized that the followers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) whence the petitioner leads are not being told the truth about the substance of their claims.
"They just playing by the gallery. Today it’s a review, tomorrow is a subpoena and then it continues. You told the court that you have closed your case. Without any prejudice, which court will entertain such an application?
"The counsel for the petitioner is just not telling the truth to its party people. They keep going about that the justices are biased against them. It’s a lie. They never prepared a better case."
He noted that the barrage of issues raised and debated by the counsel for both parties have all come to a logical conclusion, a situation that does not enure to the petitioner hence, their hasten approach to file multiple applications. Nana Obiri Boahen emphasized that without any prejudice, the application will be thrown out.
“Let's wait and see. The position of the law is that under no court of law will allow them to do what they have expressed the intention to do. What at all are they after? Need they be reminded that they have closed the case? And now knowing they are heading for the ditch they now want to take a detour."
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