Election petition: I was given only tea - Mettle-Nunoo

Election petition: I was given only tea - Mettle-Nunoo

- According to him, from his observations in the Strong Room, President Akufo-Addo did not win the elections

- He is at the Supreme Court as a witness to fight for fairness and justice

- Mettle-Nunoo further claimed he was misled during the certification of the collation sheets

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Rojo Mettle-Nunoo on Monday, February 8, 2021, told the Supreme Court that he was given tea while he waited for the Chairperson for the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, when he sought audience with her during the collation for the 2020 presidential election.

He made the disclosure when the lawyer for the commission, Justin Amenuvor, said while there, he was offered tea and biscuit.

“I was offered only tea,” he retorted.

Meanwhile, he further noted he has a temperament that makes him want to fight for fairness.

John Mahama’s third witness in the ongoing election petition trial made the remark during a heated cross-examination with the lawyer of the Electoral Commission (EC), Justine Amenuvor.

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Election petition: I have the temperament to fight for fairness, justice - Mettle-Nunoo
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Not enthused by the confrontational nature of the witness, Amenuvor informed him that he was being disrespectful to the court.

Mettle-Nunoo then replied: “I have a temperament that makes me want to fight for fairness and justice and that is what I’m doing…”

He further rejected a suggestion by the EC's lawyer that he was not being truthful in his testimony.

According to him, to the best of his knowledge, it is the EC that is “not being truthful.”

Mettle-Nunoo was one of the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) representatives in the EC’s Strong Room. He was there with Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte, Mahama’s second witness in the trial.

The two claimed in their witness statements that they were instructed to go and consult the former president regarding disputes they had with some of the results trooping in from the regions, only for the presidential results to be declared.

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Mettle-Nunoo further claimed officials of the election management body misled him into signing some of the collation sheets.

The EC chair has since her December 9 declaration of the presidential results reportedly had multiple threats on her life.

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko disclosed this in reaction to a comment by the president and founder of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, on the security beef up around the EC boss.

Cudjoe asked her to resign after the ongoing election petition hearing, explaining that it was unhealthy to be distrusted and be guarded by “loads of soldiers” each time she is going to work.

Akufo-Addo defeated John Mahama in the election by 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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