- They have vowed not to be dampened by the series of dismissals of their applications in the course of the trial
- According to them, they have a strong case that will lead to a rerun of the elections
- President Akufo-Addo won the elections
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John Dramani Mahama’s legal team says the former president has a strong case in the ongoing election hearing at the Supreme Court.
According to the team, it is “very certain” about its case despite the dismissal of almost all the applications it made to the court in the course of the trial.
The latest being the dismissal of the former president’s application to inspect some pink sheets in the possession of the Electoral Commission.
He wanted to inspect the EC’s pink sheets for comparison.
But the Court in its ruling on Wednesday, February 4, 2021, observed that the applicant already has the documents he was requesting, thus dismissing the application.
“We came to court prepared, we are ready to continue with the case and we will go through with the case till the very end,” former Attorney General Marietta Appiah-Opong told journalists in a post-trial interview.
Mahama so far presented two witnesses in his quest to make his case—Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the NDC, and Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte, who was an observation agent in the strongroom.
The former president is set to produce another witness.
His lawyer, Tsatsu Tsikata informed the panel of the decision on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
Tsikata’s disclosure comes on the back of the dismissal of the application by Mahama seeking to inspect some six documents of the Electoral Commission, the first respondent in the case.
He requested an in-camera meeting with the seven-member panel hearing the case to discuss the potential witness that he will be producing, explaining that it bothers on “confidentiality.”
Meanwhile, former Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho, has been speaking on the disputed outcome of the 2020 elections.
According to him, President Nana Akufo-Addo fairly won the elections, as a result, has the “legitimate mandate” from the majority of Ghanaians in the December 2020 presidential elections.
The founder of the Atta Mills Institute expressed hope that the president will do all he can to build a better Ghana and “leave lasting legacies.”
Akufo-Addo defeated Mahama in the election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
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