- According to the petitioner’s witnesses they were tricked into leaving the Strong Room to pave way for the declaration of results
- They were asked to go and consult with the petitioner over some concerns they had with the results
- The results were declared moments after their departure
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A video sighted by YEN.com.gh suggests that there is a modicum of truth in the claims made by witnesses for John Mahama in the ongoing election petition that they were tricked into leaving the Electoral Commission’s (EC) Strong Room, moments before the declaration of the 2020 presidential election results.
Mahama’s second and third witnesses, Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte and Rojo Mettle-Nunoo claimed in their witness statements that the Chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa, instructed them to go and consult the former president regarding disputes they had with some of the results trooping in from the regions.
The EC boss, they said in their statements informed them that the reason she wanted them to consult the former president was also for all the stakeholders including the NPP, Peace Council, and others to be invited to “ensure that we had a credible result before the announcement.”
But, moments after their departure, the EC boss went ahead to announce the results of the elections.
The lawyer for the EC, Justin Amenuvor, accused Kpessa-Whyte of lying during his cross-examination, an accusation the witness strongly rejected.
He told the court that he had no reason to lie.
Well, it has now emerged that the former president’s witnesses might be telling the truth, following the surfacing a video involving the NPP’s Campaign Chairman.
Peter MacManu in the video during an interview with Metro TV’s Paul Adom Otchere, gave credence to portions of the claims—that is they had left their bags and laptops in the Strong Room.
“They left because I remember former Ghana’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Sylvanus Tamaklo came looking for them but specifically he was looking for Rojo. So, he stood there and I told him that they just went out, I think they will come because their laptops are here,” he stated.
In other news, the Member of Parliament for Asawase, Muntaka Mubarak, apologized to the Supreme Court for alleging with confidence that a Supreme Court judge bribed a legislator of the NDC not to vote for Alban Bagbin.
In the statement, which was read on Joy News, the legislator said he decided to let sleeping dogs lie and consequently refrain from any further comment on the issue.
“I implore the media and public to kindly respect the spirit in which I offer this retraction and apology,” excerpts of the letter, stated.
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