Jean Mensa tricked us to leave the Strong room to declare Akufo-Addo as the winner— Kpessa-Whyte
Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte, the second witness for the petitioner, John Dramani Mahama, has alleged that the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Adukwei Mensa deceived him and his colleague Rojo Mettle Nunoo to leave the Commission’s strong room to declare the second respondent, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the winner of the 2020 elections.
According to him, the EC acted on a ill-faith by instructing them to leave the strong room to confer with Mr Mahama on some election-related issues, while she declared the results within 45minutes they left the strong room.
Dr Kpessa-Whyte, while being cross-examined by the EC’s lawyer, Justin Amenuvor at Apex Court in Accra on Tuesday February 2, 2021 insisted that his narrative of the happenings on the night of the declaration of the results was not a concoction and had no reason to lie to the court.
“I have no reason for lying. When we were leaving the room, I openly informed to the hearing of everybody in the room that we were instructed by the Chairperson of the EC to go and consult with our flagbearer who is the petitioner on the basis of our observations and therefore, she was going to make sure that she sends a rider to bring us back to the strong room because of the potential of traffic then therefore when we finish the process the results will be announced,” he claimed.
The cross-examination of Mr Amenuvor sought to prove that Dr Kpessa-Whyte and Rojo Mettle Nunoo were never instructed by Ms Mensa to leave the EC strong room but rather left on their own volition.
As the lawyer was pushing the issue further Dr Kpessa-Whyte admitted that he did not personally hear from the EC Chairperson instructing them to leave but got the information from Rojo Mettle Nunoo, who he said rather spoke with the Chairperson of the EC.
Dr Kpessa-Whyte in his testimony to exhibit his sincerity about the issue indicated that they left their laptops in the EC strong room and acted as they were instructed by the EC to talk over things with the then flagbearer, Mr Mahama only to return to meet the strongroom dejected with the election results already declared.
“On the basis of this, when we were leaving the place, we left our laptops. We left in only one vehicle. I left my vehicle in the premises of the Electoral Commission. Why would we leave our laptops and our working tools in the place if we were actually not instructed to go?… Indeed, we returned to the place in about 45 minutes to 1 hour only to have the strong room completely deserted and everything packed out,” he added.
Jean Mensa tricked us
Dr Kpessa-Whyte further claimed that it was deliberate attempt by the EC to trick them into leaving the strong room for her to declare the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo as the winner.
The Lead Counsel for the second respondent, Lawyer Akoto Ampaw on his part established that Dr Kpessa-Whyte ought not to be receiving instructions from the EC and only could be instructed by Mr Mahama who he was directly working under him.
The witness admitted and explained that they were acting in a good faith in order to get the issue resolved not knowing the EC had predetermined mind to declare President Akufo-Addo as the winner of the elections.