After the conclusion of the cross-examination of the petitioner, John Mahama’s 3rd witness, Rojo Mettle Nunoo, the defense lawyers were to open their defense by bringing out their witness they unexpectedly told the court that they will not call any witness.
Madam Justine Amenuvor, who represents the Electoral Commission informed the court that, “it is our case that we would not wish to lead any further evidence, and therefore we are praying that this matter proceeds under order 36 rule 43 and c.i. 87 rule 3 (5) and we hereby on that basis, close our case
Mr Akoto Ampaw who is the lead counsel for President Akufo Addo also made a similar reques
Akoto Ampaw claim that the petitioner has not been able to make a solid case in court.
This decision was severely resisted by Mahama’s lead counsel, Tsatsu Tsikata.
Mr. Tsikata said that, among other things the respondents had given the evidence during the case management stage that they were about to present a witness and that to an extent changed how the hearing has gone so therefore they can not agree not to present any eyewitness.
According to Justine Amenuvor, the defendants have already filed their witness statements but the law gives them the not to present a witness despite that they may have filed a witness statement.
He concluded by saying "My lord, we are sayiny that, we are not calling any witness, if the court decides to treat our witness statement as hearsay evidence, well the court is entitled to it but we are not calling evidence,”
At the same, the Chief Justice, kwasi anin-yeboah has already adjourned the hearing of the petition to Tuesday, February 9, 2021, for the continuation of argument.
He further made a statement that the Lawyers are to make their various cases heard in Tuesday’s sitting and a decision will subsequently be taken.
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