Mahama is just not ready for the election petition trial— Frank Davies
The lawyer for the Second Petitioner has stated emphatically that the Presidential Candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama is not ready for the election petition trial.
According to him, his legal team is enforcing expedition fishing to delay a justice process.
This follows the lead legal team member of the petitioner, Tsatsu Tsikata who claimed that “we don’t sacrifice justice by utter of expedition.”
Mr Tsikata who explained that the denial by the court to render them the opportunity to carry out their interrogatories would affect the witness account which the court ruled for them to present it tomorrow, January 21, 2021.
He stated that the witness documents have not been drafted and were praying the court extend the date for them to file the witnesses account.
Mr Tsikata further stated that the interrogatories and the request to scrutinize the 275 pink sheets would enhance the process for them to craft witnesses documents which were denied by the court.
Reacting to this in an interview with the press after the pre- trial today, Mr Davies explained that the judiciary were ruling with CI 99 to speed up the trial in order for the court to stick to the 42 days as stipulated for the trial.
He indicated that Mr Mahama who filed his petition on December 30 claimed should have filed witnesses documents long time ago.
“The petitioner cannot say they have not file witnesses account by now, I can see he is just not ready for the trial,” Mr Davies added.
He insisted that justice delayed is justice denied, thus the action of the NDC legal team was to delay the hearing process.
Throwing more light on the issue, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, a spokesperson in the petition said Mahama claimed he had five witnesses to testify that President Akufo-Addo won from arithmetic error and were expecting them to file their witness account long time ago.
He said the petition was filed in December 30 and for 20 days if they claim their witness documents were not ready then they were not prepared for the trial.
The case is however adjourned to Tuesday, January 26, 2021.