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I Am Also An ‘Akpeteshie’ Distiller – How Asiedu Nketiah Threw The Supreme Court Into Laughter

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General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia yet again, brought humour into the Supreme Court despite the gravity of the ongoing election petition hearing.

Mr Asiedu Nketia, who took the stand as one of two witnesses presented by the Petitioner [John Dramani Mahama], in an attempt to respond to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, sarcastically added to his job description, that he was a distiller of local gin ‘Akpeteshie’.

While under cross-examination, Mr Asiedu Nketia was cautioned by the Justices of the apex court over some utterances he made.

Below is an excerpt of what transpired in Court on February 1, 2021:

Lawyer Akoto Ampaw [Counsel for Akufo-Addo]: “Have you produced any evidence to the contrary that the second respondent [Nana Akufo-Addo] did not cross the 50 per cent threshold to be declared the winner of the presidential elections?”

Asiedu Nketia: “My Lord, I indicated that we are here with the figures as declared by the first respondent [Jean Mensa] and we are questioning the integrity and the eternal inconsistencies of the first respondent.”

Lawyer Akoto Ampaw: “You have not answered my question, I am saying have you produced any contrary evidence of the total number of valid votes that the second respondent obtained showing that he obtained votes below the required 50 per cent threshold?”

Asiedu Nketia: “[Raises both hands in despair] My Lord, those figures are not available from the declaration by the first respondent [Jean Mensa] and we are not here to bring figures because we the [NDC] do not have a constitutional duty to declare results of the elections.”

Lawyer Akoto Ampaw: “Very well…so you can come to the Court to challenge the validity of the results of the presidential elections without any of what the actual results were?”

Asiedu Nketia: “My Lord, if I know that two plus two is four and I am presented with results that …”

Chief Justice Annin Yeboah: “Mr Asiedu Nketia, excuse me, excuse me, please answer the question, at times you try to be a bit sarcastic and that is not done in the Courtroom. Yes, mangoes minus whatever, you don’t do this under cross-examination!”

Asiedu Nketia: “The Palm wine tappers will learn… I am saying that the Palm wine tappers are trying to catch up with Court procedures.”

Chief Justice Annin Yeboah: “You are a teacher, a banker, a politician of the one largest political parties”

Aseidu Nketia: “Yes, a teacher, a banker, politician, palm wine tapper, block maker and a distiller of ‘Akpeteshie’”

His response was however met with some laughter in the apex court but a straight-faced Lawyer Ampaw continued his cross-examination of the witness.

Source: GhanaWeb

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Blame Yourself For Not Doing Your Work Properly In The Strong Room – Supreme Court Chastizes Kpessah Whyte And Mettle-Nunoo

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The justices of the supreme court have told witnesses of Mr John Dramani Mahama in the election petition, Mr Rojo Mettle Nunoo and Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte to blame themselves for abandoning their duties in the strong room during the final collation of the election results if their claims are to be believed.

During proceedings, the two witnesses told the court that they were sent by the Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC) to Mr Mahama at the time of the collation of the final results in the strong room. In their absence, the results were then announced.

Delivering the judgment on Thursday, March 4 the court said “…Notwithstanding all these allegations of misunderstandings with the chair of the 1st respondent in the strong room and the fact that they were absent during the declaration, they did not give any indication as to how these happenings in their absence affected the final results announced by the 1st Respondent.

“The testimonies would have carried some little weight if the purpose of the petition was to change entries made on the collation forms or summary sheets but that is not the case.

“Their testimonies were therefore of no relevance to the said issues set out for determination and so we find them unworthy for consideration whatsoever.

“In fact, regarding the testimonies of PW2 and PW3 , if their evidence is to be believed then they had to blame themselves for abandoning their post at the national collation centre at the time the verification and certification of the results were ongoing and PW3 had then verified and certified the regional collation results out of the 16.”

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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Breaking News: Supreme Court Unanimously Dismisses Mahama’s Petition As Having No Merit

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The 7-member panel of the Supreme Court hearing the 2020 election petition have dismissed the 2020 election petition brought before the court by flagbearer of the NDC for the 2020 elections, John Dramani Mahama.

In an extensive verdict read by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah, the court was of the opinion that the petitioner failed to disclose how the so-called errors by the EC chair materially affected the declaration.

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Supreme Court Update: Mahama In Court As Judges Get Set To Pronounce Their Verdict

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The Petitioner in the 2020 election petition, John Dramani Mahama has made an appearance at the premises of the Supreme Court this morning.

The 7-member panel presiding over the 2020 election petition is expected to deliver judgement today in the case which lasted about one month.

Mr Mahama is challenging the declaration of President Akufo-Addo as having won the 2020 election.

According to Mr Mahama, no candidate obtained more than 50%.

He is therefore praying the court for a re-run of the election between himself and President Akufo-Addo.

The Apex Court will put the matter to rest today by delivering its judgement.

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