In the election petition hearing, the lead counsel for the second respondent expressed disappointment with some parts of the witness statement submitted by the petitioner’s witness, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, to the Supreme Court.
Lawyer Akoto Ampaw pointed out that some of the document’s paragraphs are false and not founded on evidence. Among other things, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, one of the witnesses to former President John Dramani Mahama, alleged that the association of the first respondent with the second respondent’s wife was reflected in her “biased” declaration on December 9, 2020, of the election results.
The second respondent’s counsel, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, cited about 10 paragraphs when arguing in court; 6, 7, 21, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 33 and 37 in the argument made by Mr. Asiedu Nketia.
Akoto Ampaw stated that in the pleadings of John Mahama’s Petition Paper, the claims made by Mahama’s witness were outrageous, prejudicial and not appropriate.
Speaking to the 7-member Judges’ panel headed by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, he said,
“My Lord, in the (witness) declaration we present objections to those paragraphs. They are not appropriate or focused on the pleadings of their petition, appear to unduly damage the group and are outrageous.