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The good old drama in the Supreme Court

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By Ghananews5 | self meida writer
Published 25 days ago - 2534 views

The Ghanaian 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections became a controversial issue after the NDC leader and flagbearer Former President John Dramani Mahama filed an election petition to the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court with other party executives and veteran law advocate Tsatsu Tsikata.

Former President Mahama described the election which saw his opponent and successor President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffu Addo winning with a total vote percentage of 51.59 as fraudulent. 

Ghanaians and the rest of the world fixed their eyes on the Supreme Court each day in court proceedings as the NDC party members appeared in court as witnesses for Former President Mahama the petitioner, holding onto the fact that there were so many errors in the election and thus they cannot accept its results.

 There was anxiety, tension and sarcasm in the court in most instances as so many people were pondering the outcome of the election petition.

One sarcastic instance was when Akuffu Addo lawyer Ampaw asked a witness of the petitioner Mr. Mettle-Nunu whether he was offered tea and biscuits whiles waiting to see the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission who had supposedly summon the witness to her office for a tête a tête meeting and Mr. Mettle-Nunu said he was offered tea but no biscuits.

People became anxious also to whether the Head of the Electoral Commission Jean Adukwei Mensah will appear to testify in the case after a subpoena was issued to the Supreme Court by the lawyer of the petitioner Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata requiring her to testify.

Many wondered what the outcome will be if Jean Mensa appeared to testitlfy in court. Others became solicitios after Jean Mensa was not made to testify.

After so many weeks in court, the case was thrown out on the grounds that Mr. Mahama did not show in any way how the errors of the election affected the validity of the results as a Judge of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah said "The petitioner did not demonstrate in any way how the alleged errors affected the validity of the results". 

 The verdict reinforced President Akuffu Addo as the winner of the 2020 December 7th Elections.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata after the ruling, in a press conference said as far as he is oblige to obey the law and decision of the Supreme Court he also believes that the Former President John Dramani Mahama won the 2020 General Election. He therefore urge Ghanaians to look forward to working together for the peace and development of the nation.

Speaking to party supporters and journalists, Former President Mahama expressed his disappointment in the process his petition was handled in the Supreme Court and his doubts about the neutrality of Judges of the highest court of the nation whiles repudiating the ruling of the court. 

"We are legally bound by the decision of the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court of Ghana," said the petitioner, reiterating that "I disagree with the process of the trial and the ruling of the court".

 Mr. Mahama was also concerned about the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Jean Mensa with the help of her counsel and the court not to testify in the case after a subpoena was issued by his Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata requiring her testimony in the case.

The petitioner believed Jean Mensa's testimony would have exposed the errors and invalidity of the Presidential elections and the fact that no Candidate made it across the 50% benchmark and therefore go for a re-run against President Akuffu Addo.

As he put across that Mensa was aided by her counsel and the court to avoid explaining to the good people of Ghana, under oath in a properly constituted court, adding that the errors she herself admits to have committed in the declaration of the 2020 Presidential election results.

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