Deputy Director of Legal Affairs for the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Baba Jamal says the General Secretary of his party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia as a witness for the petitioner in the ongoing election 2020 petition did no wrong in his answers to the Supreme Court.
At the end of the cross-examination by the Counsel of the 1st respondent, Akoto Ampaw over the witness statement given by Asiedu Nketia, the Bench of the Supreme Court sought to find out three things from the witness but he could not provide.
But the former Member of Parliament for Akwatia Constituency reacting to the public argument that Asiedu Nketia failed to answer the questions from the Judges, said on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ Morning Show that the questions from the Bench have nothing to do with the issues before the Supreme Court.
According to the former Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, none of the 5 issues pertaining to the petition that the Supreme Court has set aside to pass judgment bothers on the calculation of the NDC on the Presidential Election results.
He noted that the pleadings of the petitioner, former President John Dramani Mahama are based on the figures of the Electoral Commission (EC); thus, the petitioner was clear in his pleadings that the figures of the 1st respondent are full of errors and thereby asking the Supreme Court to change the errors.
He explained further that it is out of the pleadings of the petitioner that the Supreme Court set aside 5 issues to base judgment; reiterating that none of the three questions asked by one of the judges from the Bench has any relations with the issues before the Supreme Court.
“We are talking about constitutional matters, whether the EC complied; we are talking about errors in the figures, whether they affected the results of the Presidential Election. If these are our pleadings, why will the Supreme Court ask for our calculation? Did we bring our calculation before the Supreme Court?”, he inquired.
He, however, pointed out that the Supreme Court did not fault in asking those questions as they are allowed during cross-examination but insisted that the public must know those questions asked by one of the judges don’t relate to the issues before the Supreme Court.
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