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NDC Supporters Think Tsikata Knows The Law More Than The Supreme Court Judges – Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

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Spokesperson of the lawyers of the 2nd respondent in the ongoing election petition hearing, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said that members and supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) believe that the lead counsel for the petitioner, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata knows and understands the law better than all the seven and, in some cases, nine justices of the  Supreme Court.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah said that perception is wrong.

His comments come after spokesperson of the lawyers of the petitioner Dr Dominic Ayine has said the justices of the Supreme Court of Ghana have a predetermined agenda to rule against the petitioner, Mr John Dramani Mahama.

Dr Ayine who is also lawmaker for Bolgatanga East accused the justices of doing a great disservice to the people of Ghana by dismissing an application of the petitioner to reopen his case.

Speaking to the media after court proceedings on Tuesday February 16, the former Deputy Attorney General said “I am surprised that the Supreme Court itself, having set out five key issues to be determined, is now reducing the issues to one which is whether and the extent to which the evidence that we have led shows that no one got more than 50% of the votes  in accordance with Article 63  of the Constitution.

“But we have made abundantly clear in the petition that there were a number of infractions. We are contesting even the constitutionality of the declaration that was made. We are saying that she violated Article 23 of the constitution because she is an administrative body.

“We have also said her exercise of discretion was contrary to Article 296 of the constitution. These are all germane issues under the constitution and laws of Ghana. To reduce the petition in to a single issue petition is rather unfortunate and smack of a predetermined agenda to rule against the petitioner in this matter.”

He added “For the court to say that we were bound by law to make our evidence available for it to assess before allowing us to reopen our case is legally problematic proposition, therefore we disagree with the court.

“We think that the court by this decision has not done the people of this country a great service. In the sense that Ghanaians are interested in knowing the truth.  Our constitution is very clear that justice emanates from the people and must be exercised in the name of and the welfare of the people.

“The justices today have not given us a reason to believe that they want the people of this country to know the truth about what happened.”

Reacting to his comment while also addressing the media, Mr Oppong Nkrumah who is also lawmaker for Ofoase Ayirebi and Information Minister-designate said “It is true that all the applications that have come before this court have fallen flat but how can it be that the petitioner’s communication team now argues that the seven justices or the nine justices are always wrong in law and only Mr Tsikata is the one who understands the law, knows the law and is therefore always right. It cannot be.

“The last time they won some arguments that some of their paragraphs or paragraphs of Mr Rojo Mettle Nunoo’s witness statement should not be struck out, you heard them right before you, that it was a monumental victory.

“We keep making the points that it is not fair to the judicial system, it is not fair to our democracy, it is not fair to the people of Ghana that when you lose an application because it is not grounded in law or because you have failed to meet the legal standards, then you come here and literally poison the minds of the public and make claims that they may be having a predetermined agenda.

“That is scandalous of the court. When you make a legal argument and it is upheld that one is good, when you make an argument and it doesn’t meet the threshold then it means that they are wrong in law or that they had a predetermined agenda.”

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It’s Unfortunate Mahama Dragged Us To Court Over Harmless Mistake – EC Lawyers File Closing Address

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The lawyers of the Electoral Commission (EC), first respondent in the ongoing petition hearing say it is unfortunate that they were dragged to court by the NDC’s 2020 Presidential Candidate, John Mahama.

According to them, the harmless mistake made by EC boss, Jean Mensah while declaring the election results on December 9 had no bearing on the outcome of the election which has triggered the petition.

They further stated that the former President has failed to provide any evidence whatsoever to challenge the election results and for that matter, the declaration of the result and hence, they are calling on the court to dismiss the petitioner’s case.

The submission is contained in the written closing address filed by the lawyers in compliance with the Supreme Court’s orders.

The Apex court on Monday announced it will deliver judgment on the election petition on Thursday, March 4.

Mr Mahama had filed a petition rejecting the election results as declared December 9 stating that none of the candidates who contested the December 7 polls including himself met the constitutional threshold of obtaining more than 50% of the valid votes cast.

The Electoral Commission and President Akufo-Addo were named as respondents in the petition as required by law.

The former President’s lawyers in the course of the trial served the EC with a document asking that it admits certain facts including that its chairperson announced 13.4 million as valid votes cast while handing President Akufo-Addo, 6.7 million votes.

They say the failure of the EC to admit or rebut these facts within 14 days as required by law means the facts have been admitted.

An admission of these facts they argue means President Akufo-Addo did not obtain more than 50% of the votes cast.

They are therefore urging the Supreme Court to on March 4, direct the Electoral Commission to organise a run-off between President Akufo-Addo and Mr Mahama.

Source: MyJoyonline

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Supreme Court Discharges Ayine Of Contempt Charge

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Former Deputy Attorney General, Dr Dominic Ayine, has been discharged by the Supreme Court after being cited for contempt in the ongoing election petition.

This was after the court met today to weigh his execution of its directive to purge himself of contempt.

Dr Ayine had been ordered by the court to purge himself of the contempt by using the same medium of which he scandalized the Supreme Court.

“I have looked at what I said that day and I have come to the conclusion that I went overboard. I crossed the lines with respect to the remarks that I made in terms of attributing impropriety to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Ghana,” Ayine told the press on Monday February 22.

“This morning, I delivered a letter to His Lordship the Chief Justice, offering an unqualified apology to the court,” he said.

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Gabby Otchere Darko Is Fuelling LGBTQI Agenda Because He Is One Of Them – NDC Communicator Alleges

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Communications executive for the NDC, Mr Elikem E. Kotoko has alleged that there are reports proving that Mr. Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is behind the recent surge in LGBTQI activities in Ghana.

Mr. Elikem Kotoko alleged that Mr. Otchere-Darko is a b*sexual hence his active involvement in LGBTQI debates in Ghana.

Gabby Otchere Darko shared on his twitter page few hours ago that; “You don’t have to be pro-gay to appreciate their situation. You only have to be human. Let us be careful and not generate an intense hate campaign against homosexuals. You can speak for the law and ‘culture’ minus hate. Hate sucks.”

In reaction to the tweet, Elikem Kotoko said Gabby was promoting LGBTQI in a ‘subtle pro-homos*xual agenda’ because he was part of them.

“Rumours have it that you are bis*xual yourself, it is the reason you are on this subtle pro-homos*xual agenda. Pls our culture frowns on it and it has nothing to do with humans left or right. If your dada had slept with another man, tell me where you would have been…”

Talks about legalization and institutionalization of LGBTQI in Ghana became loud after pressure from American President, Joe Biden to tie aid to countries’ legalization of LGBTQ and same-s*x marriage.

The Australian Ambassador to Ghana, Andrew Barnes and some diplomats inaugurated an LGBTQ headquarters in Accra, which has been closed down by police.

Source: GhanaCelebrities.Com

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