The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia who is one of the observers of the applicant in the continuous political race request hearing, has told the Supreme Court that each proof highlighted the triumph of the solicitor, Mr John Dramani Mahama in a year ago’s official races.
He offered this expression in court on Monday February 1, after his video tapes and those of previous President Mahama, Peter Otokonor Boamah and Sammy Gyamfi, in which they were caught asserting that the NDC won a year ago’s decisions, were played in the Supreme Court.
Legal counselor for the second Respondent, Mr Akoto Ampaw had told the court that he needed these tapes played to build up the absence of validity of Mr Asiedu Nketia.
The solicitor in his request, is asking the peak court to force the first Respondent, the Electoral Commission (EC) to rerun the races on the grounds that in his view, no competitor won the surveys. The EC had proclaimed the second respondent, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, victor of the decisions.
Lead counsel for the candidates, Tsastu Tsikatu had a problem with the Mr Ampaw’s transition to play the tape however the court allowed the solicitation and likewise the tapes were played.
Responding to the tapes, Mr Nketia who conceded that he was the one caught on the tape said “My Lords, I inferred that I anticipated that President Mahama should win the decisions. Each proof was pointing at president Mahama’s triumph.
“Truth be told, My Lords, license me, in all the 7 parliamentary and official races that have been held in this country before this one the official applicant and the ideological group which wins and controls parliament winds up winning the administration.”
Then, one of the attorneys for the second Respondent Akufo-Addo, Mr Frank Davies, has been forewarned not to allow media interviews on the issues forthcoming under the steady gaze of the court as a partaking legal advisor.
The Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, before the beginning of procedures called the legal advisor out in open court and cautioned him to cease from such direct.
As per the court, his lead disregards the standards of the court set out in Rule 38 of LI 2423.
Rule 38 of LI 2423 states that;
“A legal counselor who is partaking or has taken an interest in the examination or prosecution of an issue that is as yet forthcoming under the steady gaze of a court will not make an out of court proclamation or award a meeting to the media on the issue.”
Legal advisor Frank Davies had conceded a meeting to the media after Friday’s sitting, this the Chief Justice says ought not occur once more.
The Chief Justice further encouraged non-partaking legal counselors and spokespersons for the different gatherings to the case to take care of their hairpieces and outfits prior to conceding media interviews.
In the beginning of the sitting, the court cautioned previous Deputy Attorney General and Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East, Dominic Ayine, for talking in court.