Drop your petition if bid to get Jean Mensa to testify fails again— Expert to Mahama
Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo, a lawyer has called on the petitioner, John Dramani Mahama to withdraw his case from the Supreme Court if plans to compel the Electoral Commission Chairperson to mount the witness box to testify fails.
According to him, it would be unnecessary for the former President to fight on something that is not yielding.
Speaking in a media interview yesterday in Accra Mr Addo stated that if the court refuses to issue the subpoena he should put his case to rest.
“If he applies to reopen his case and the court still refuses for him to issue the subpoena then I think there will be no point in pursuing this case any further,” he added.
Mr Addo was also quick to add that “I will be surprised if the petitioner actually sees this case to the end.”
The lawyer reiterated the arguments by Mr Mahama’s legal team that Mrs Mensa needed to be accountable in the case.
“The one against whom the allegation was made is the sole returning officer in this election. She is the only one who can answer to the specific allegations that have been made against her,” he said.
Mr Addo cautioned that her escaping testimony could have a negative effect on the stability of future elections.
“If the Electoral Commissioner is not accountable in a court process in respect of how she conducted herself… then basically what you are saying that in an election in the future, all issues are settled in the polling stations,” he added.
Drop your petition if bid to get Jean Mensa to testify fails again
The counsel of the Former President earlier closed its case in the petition but has been compelled to reverse its decision after court ruled that it cannot compel the EC chairperson to testify.
EC’s lawyer and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s lawyer decided to also close their case thus keeping the EC Chair, Jean Mensa and Peter Mac Manu from testifying in the case.
Mr Mahama’s lawyers objected to the application but the court ruled that it cannot compel them to take the witness box.
Though the Supreme Court has ordered the parties in the case to file closing arguments by February 17, Mr Mahama’s counsel has filed a motion at the Supreme Court for leave to reopen his case.
It intents to subpoena Mrs Mensa to testify in the witness box.