- According to him, the party founded by disciplined personalities is now power-hungry
- He also touched on the ongoing election petition and the moves to have Jean Mensa evade cross-examination
- He says such a move will lead to chaos in the country
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Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe says the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is replete with “bootlickers and rascals.”
Speaking on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, on Accra-based Starr FM monitored by YEN.com.gh, he said: “A party that was founded by disciplined people is now in the hands of bootlickers and rascals.”
The former Ambassador further warned that moves by the lawyer of the Electoral Commission (EC) to shield the commission’s chair, Jean Mensa, from being cross-examined will spell doom for the country.
“If we are not careful, what happened in Myanmar can happen here…I’m not a judge, and I have never been a student of the law, but common sense should tell you that you should judge the mood of the people,” he stated in the interview monitored by YEN.com.gh.
Lawyer Kwaku Asare affectionately called Kwaku Azar has also been speaking on the moves by the respondents in the trial not to call any witnesses.
Justin Amenuvor and Akoto Ampaw told the Supreme Court on Monday, February 8, 2021, that the three witnesses called by the petitioner “have not satisfied the burden of proof” when they appeared before the court.
“So, we can’t be forced to call any witness,” Ampaw told the court amid objections from the lawyer for John Mahama, the petitioner in the case.
Kwaku Azar said the respondents even though are entitled to move for a directed verdict, if in their view the petitioner failed to meet its burden of proof production, he believes the Court must be interested in hearing what the Returning Officer in the 2020 presidential election, Jean Mensa has to say.
“It is also my belief that the Petitioner should be able to call the Returning Officer and treat her as a hostile witness if she chooses not to appear to defend her witness statement,” he stated.
Tsatsu Tsikata, the lawyer for John Mahama, the petitioner in the trial objected to the move as the hearing was adjourned to Tuesday, February 9, 2021 for the counsels to address the seven-member panel.
Amenuvor and Ampaw are expected to present Jean Mensa and Peter Mac Manu, the campaign director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The EC chair had since her December 9 declaration of the presidential results reportedly had multiple threats on her life.
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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