- Paul Adom Otchere has fired back at Asiedu Nketia
- He described the chief NDC scribe’s election petition testimony as palm wine talk
- Asiedu Nketia was former President Mahama’s star witness in the 2020 election petition trial
Good Evening Ghana host, Paul Adom-Otchere, has fired back at the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, after the latter described his political analyses as “lotto forecasting”.
Asiedu Nketia slammed the Metro TV political talk show host for engaging in terribly poor political analysis.
It followed Adom Otchere’s pairing him with the Speaker of Parliament as the opposition NDC’s likely candidates for the 2024 general elections.
Unenthused by the analysis of the journalist, Asiedu Nketia likened it to the work of an uninformed village lotto forecaster whose permutations are not based on cogent empirical thoroughness.
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“I have seen some analysis on Metro TV by Paul Adom-Otchere. Whenever I see it, I see it as someone who is working for lotto numbers,” he told Accra-based Asempa FM and monitored by YEN.com.gh.
Responding to the damning criticism from the chief NDC scribe, Adom Otchere launched a scathing attack of his own in rebuttal, questioning Asiedu Nketia's appearance as John Dramani Mahama’s star witness in the 2020 election petition trial.
Describing the testimony of the NDC scribe as gibberish, Adom Otchere observed that his witness box session at the Supreme Court was “palm wine talk.”
He said the reason why Asiedu Nketia went to court as the former president’s star witness was that he wanted to be Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The vice president was Akufo-Addo’s star witness in the 2012 election petition.
“So Asiedu Nketia was trying to take advantage, he thought he [would] become a Bawumia….. Bawumia is scholarly, he is well prepared, Bawumia has his facts and he went to court and showed his facts, and that’s why he won stardom in 2013.
“Asiedu Nketia looks at it and he thinks it’s a simple matter; you can come and do palm wine talk and become Dr. Bawumia, that will never happen,” Paul Adom Otchere said during Thursday’s edition of his show monitored by YEN.com.gh.
The Supreme Court on March 4, 2021, dismissed former President Mahama’s challenge to the 2020 presidential election results in the election petition trial.
Mahama petitioned the apex court, praying it to annul the results declared by the chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa.
According to him, there was no winner in the election, and that a rerun must be ordered between him and President Nana Akufo-Addo.
However, the seven-member panel rejected his plea, stating that the former president failed to adduce “cogent evidence” to back his claims that there was no winner in the December 7, 2020, presidential election.
Akufo-Addo defeated Mahama in the said election to secure another four-year term; 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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