- Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah has pleaded with President Nana Akufo-Addo’s lawyer in the election petition to change his wig
- According to him, the wig has lost its identity
- He made the plea during the debate on the application of John Mahama to reopen his case
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The Supreme Court has advised the lead counsel for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Akoto Ampaw, to change his wig.
The admonition from the Chief Justice, Justice Anin-Yeboah, threw the court into wild laughter.
“Mr. Akoto Ampaw, I think you have to change your wig, it has lost its identity as a wig”, he said.
Ampaw then removed the wig from his head, stared at it admiringly, and donned it back.
Meanwhile, Ampaw told the court as reported earlier by YEN.com.gh that had the lawyers for John Mahama “thought through fully” the case of the respondents they would have anticipated they would not call witnesses.
He was arguing against the application the former president filed through his lawyers to reopen his case.
“If they had thought through fully the case of the respondents, they would have known that this was very likely to happen because right from the beginning of filing our answers, we had served notice to them and the court that we think that they didn’t have any case for us to be even heard,” Ampaw stated.
“So, they must have had notice that it was likely if they fail to lead sufficient evidence that we would not adduce any evidence and consistent with our original and primary position, we would ask the court to determine the matter on the evidence before it,” he added.
Tsatsu Tsikata, the lead counsel for Mahama in the ongoing 2020 election petition trial informed the court on Thursday, February 12, 2021, that he wished to reopen the former president’s case to subpoena the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Jean Mensa into the witness box for cross-examination.
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Ampaw said he could not believe that “my learned friend [Tsatsu Tsikata] would not have anticipated this matter as a matter of strategy. If he didn’t, then that is too bad for your client.”
Tsikata told the court that Mensa’s testimony would honour the God she gave glory to before declaring the 2020 presidential election results.
"She gave glory and honour to God after her declaration on 9th December 2020. My Lords, the chairperson [Jean Mensah] should come out to testify and to honour the God she claimed she serves," Tsikata told the court during his presentation to the court on his application to reopen the former president’s case.
The NDC flagbearer John Dramani Mahama petitioned the Supreme Court to order a second round of the December 7, election.
According to him, the votes obtained by NPP’s candidate, President Nana Akufo-Addo, and himself in the December 7, election as declared by the EC Chair were not enough for a candidate to be declared the winner.
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