-According to him, the legal team understands their frustration
- The former president petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome of the 2020 presidential elections
- According to him, there was no winner in the election, and that a rerun must be ordered between him and President Nana Akufo-Addo
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The legal team for John Dramani Mahama urged the disconsolate members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to trust in the strength of the former president’s petition before the Supreme Court.
Speaking in a post-trial interview on Monday, February 22, 2021, after the dismissal of the former president’s review application, Sammy Gyamfi, who is one of the spokespersons for the legal team acknowledged the frustrations of the party’s crestfallen members.
“We understand and appreciate that and we are telling you don’t give up,” he stated. “We know what we are doing and we are doing this because of the love we have for Ghana, particularly that of the Petitioner.”
Mahama wants to reopen his case to subpoena the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, into the witness box for cross-examination.
But, the court dismissed that application.
The lawyers for the former president then applied for a review of that decision.
A nine-member panel of the Supreme Court Judges, however unanimously affirmed the ruling by the seven-member panel hearing the election petition.
The Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, said no provision in the constitution or statute shows that the EC boss can be subjected to different rules contrary to established rules of procedure and settled practice.
The EC boss, he said is not a party to the suit, and therefore, whether to testify was not her decision but that of the commission.
“The review jurisdiction was not intended as a try on by a party after losing an appeal…nor is it an automatic misstep from appeal neither is it meant to resort to as an emotional reaction to an unfortunate or unfavourable judgment,” he stated.
The Court has set Thursday, March 4 as judgment day for the election petition 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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