It should be NDC’s advantage if we don’t intend calling any witness— Oppong Nkrumah
The Spokesperson for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s legal team, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has stated that it should be an advantage to the petitioner and his legal counsel if the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission’s (EC), lawyer and the second respondent do not call forth witnesses to adduce any evidence before the court.
This follows hearing on the matter in which counsel for the petitioner, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata announced to the court that he had closed their case.
Responding to a question by the media after Monday’s hearing, Mr Oppong Nkrumah noted that the three witnesses who testified for John Mahama have not made any substantive arguments to prove the petitioner’s case.
In their view, the petitioners have failed to prove to the court that indeed no candidate got the required 50per cent +1 to win the election or the Techiman South results could have made a change in the declaration, thus there will be no need for their witness to prove otherwise.
“We have always insisted that the onus of proof lies with the petitioner. You have senior three witnesses..we’ve all been waiting with bated breath to see the evidence that nobody won, to see the evidence that when you are done you don’t add Techiman south the results will change.”
“On our side, we are not convinced that any such arguments have been put there, that is why we have announced to the court that we don’t intend to call any fresh witnesses,” he stated.
The legal counsels for the 2 respondents in the matter argued that the evidence presented by the witnesses for the petitioner and from cross-examination does not support the reliefs being requested by Mr Mahama in the petition filed.
“We have always maintained that chairman Mac Manu is ready on standby. If it becomes necessary to go into the box and prove that what they (the petitioners) are saying is not true because they would have made a preliminary case we will do so.”
Meanwhile, court has been adjourned to Tuesday, February 9 for legal arguments to be heard on the matter.