A member of the legal team of the second respondent in the ongoing election petition, Henry Nana Boakye, alias Nana B has said that former President John Mahama has no business to run to the Supreme court following the revelation that he’s not seeking to challenge the validity of the election as envisaged by Article 64(1) of the 1992 constitution.
He contended that the Petitioner is only wasting the time of all parties to the case since it was established through his Chief witness, Johnson Asiedu Nketia on Friday that he’s in court for the wrong reasons.
“Indisputably, the Petitioner, his lawyers and witnesses know that their case do not meet the test of Article 64(1) and the Petition was a still birth but have still decided to waste the time of all parties and Ghanians,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday.
This comes on the back of Mr Asiedu Nketia’s response to Counsel of the 1st respondent during proceedings on Friday saying: “My Lords, we are not in Court to challenge the validity of the 2020 elections or to try to declare another Presidential results by us. We are in Court to challenge the performance of a constitutional duty of the 1st Respondent and to see whether that duty has been discharged faithfully”
This is after the Counsel for 1st Respondent suggested to Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia during cross-examination that he had no evidence to support the allegation of vote padding.
Earlier seven out of the 42 paragraphed witness statement by Johnson Asiedu Nketia in support of the petition by former President John Mahama over the 2020 election were struck out by the Supreme Court today when hearing begun.
The apex court took the action after a protest by lawyers of the 2nd respondent in the case – President Akufo-Addo.
The lawyers raised concerns with 10 of the paragraphs but after banter with the petitioner’s lawyer, the court settled on seven.
Source: Kasapa FM