- According to Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, he was misled into signing some collation sheets
- He also corroborates Mahama’s second witness’ claims that they were sent out of the Strong Room
- He will be cross-examined via zoom
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John Mahama’s third witness in the ongoing election petition trial, Robert Joseph Mettle-Nunoo, will continue with his testimony on Monday, February 8, 2021.
He’s expected to join the proceedings via zoom.
Lawyers for the first and second respondents will cross-examine Mettle-Nunoo in their bid to cast doubt over his credibility.
He was one of the NDC's representatives at the Electoral Commission (EC) strong room during the national collation of the 2020 presidential results.
He claimed in his witness statement that he did not willingly sign the regional collation sheet for the Ashanti Region.
According to him, officials of the EC in the strongroom tricked him into signing the sheet.
He said in paragraph 11 of his witness statement to the Supreme Court in support of former president Mahama’s case that he signed the sheet because he thought the party’s agent signed.
But, that was not the case.
Mettle Nunoo also corroborated claims by the former president’s second witness, Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whytte that the EC chair deliberately instructed them to go and have an audience with Mahama to pave the way for the declaration of the results.
“And she did also indicate that the reason she was asking us to do so is 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 of the winner is made,” he said.
The Supreme Court struck out five paragraphs from his witness statement during the last sitting.
The legal team of President Nana Akufo-Addo asked the Court to strike out 23 of the 32-paragraph statement of Rojo Mettle-Nunoo—paragraphs 4 (part), 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15 (part), 16, 17 (part), 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, 25, and 26.
Speaking to journalists in the post-trial interview, a spokesperson of Mahama’s legal team, Dr. Dominic Ayine said they were taken aback “when they sought to basically throw out the entire witness statement.”
He described the Court’s decision to strike out only five paragraphs from the witness statement as a “great victory.”
Touching on the impact the paragraphs that were struck out will have on the case, Ayine insisted that the other 28 gave detailed evidence concerning what happened in the strongroom, and that “ultimately if those are taken into account, the probative value of what our witness will say will rise up.”
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