Akoto Ampaw objects 23 paragraphs of Rojo Mettle-Nunoo’s statement
The lead lawyer for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Second respondent in the election petition case, Mr Akoto Ampaw has objected to 23 paragraphs witness statement filed for Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, a witness for the petitioner.
According to him, the 23 paragraphs in Mr Mettle-Nunoo’s statement should be struck out as they were not based on the pleadings of the petitioner and unduly prejudicial.
The paragraphs he disputed were 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, 25, and 26.
He argued that if lawyers for the petitioner wanted to submit such testimonies, they should have pleaded them in their petition.
The lead counsel for the first respondent, Mr Justin Amenuvor associated himself with the objections raised by Mr Akoto Ampaw.
Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, the lead counsel for the petitioner, John Mahama, however, opposed the objection.
He argued that Mr Ampaw’s objections were baseless “and should be overruled” by the court.
According to him, the witness statement of Mr Mettle-Nunoo also provided answers to issues raised by the Chairperson of the first respondent, Mrs Jean Mensa.
Mr Mettle-Nunoo, was allowed by the Supreme Court to testify via online video conferencing platform, zoom.