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Old Metro TV Interview Granted By Akufo-Addo’s Witness, Confirms Kpessah Whyte’s Witness Statement

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A video of the New Patriotic Party’s Campaign Chairman for the 2020 general elections, Peter MacManu, which has resurfaced, seems to suggest some iota of truth in claims made by witnesses for the petitioner, in the ongoing election petition hearing at the Supreme Court.

One of the contentious portions of the petitioner’s witness statement claims that the electoral agents of John Dramani Mahama were sent out of the Electoral Commission’s strong room, moments before the declaration of the 2020 presidential election results.

The statement by Rojo Mettle Nunoo, corroborated by Dr Kpessa Whyte indicates that the two who were representing the National Democratic Congress were asked by the EC Commissioner, Jean Mensa to deliver a message to Mr John Dramani Mahama.

The witnesses, however, aver that the Commissioner’s ploy was to send them out and use the opportunity to declare the results in favour of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

They state, as part of their defence, that they never intended to abandon their post as has been suggested by the counsel for the respondents, but left in good faith, having been asked by the EC head herself and that accounted for them leaving their laptops and bags at the strong room.

However, during cross-examination, the lawyer for the Electoral Commission, Justin Amenuvor put it to Dr Kpessa Whyte that he and his colleague only left the Strong Room because they realized their candidate had lost.

The witness in his response said they only left because they were instructed by the EC Chair.

It was then put to him that he and his colleague never left their bags and laptops in the strong room as had been indicated in his statement but he maintained that they left their belongings in the strong room before leaving.

The truth about whether the two left their belongings in the EC Strong Room or not may have been confirmed by the National Campaign Manager of the NPP, Peter Mac Manu in an interview he granted to Paul Adom Otchere in the aftermath of the declaration of the 2020 presidential election result.

“There is a narrative that came out, Rojo Mettle Nunoo and Kpessa Whyte say that there were given information to go and give to President Mahama. When they left then you guys put yourself together led by Jean Mensa and you went to do the declaration,” Paul told the NPP Campaign Manager before asking him to chronicle events leading to the result declaration.

In his narrative, Mr MacManu confirmed that Rojo Mettle Nunoo and Dr Kpessa Whyte both left the Strong Room some moments before the declaration and that they indeed went out leaving behind their belongings.

“They left because I remember former Ghana’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Sylvanus Tamaklo came looking for them but specifically he was looking for Rojo. So, he stood there and I told him that they just went out, I think they will come because their laptops are here,” he narrated.

Mr MacManu however indicated that with his experience in election monitoring it was not surprising that the two had left before the declaration because it is something that frustrated agents of losing candidates usually did.

“Let me tell you a story, we went to IPAC, the CI 127 says that at the National Collation Center, not more than 2 agents of political candidates should be allowed.

“Then the NDC representative said that the two is small so let’s make it six. Then I said my friend be careful, the six you are asking for, because by the time we finish certifying the result and the declaration is to be made, many of you would have run away……. every four years I am in the collation center. Some people get tired and when they realize that they are losing they run away,” he stated.

Mr MacManu, however, went ahead to say that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had firmly won the 2020 presidential election and that he for one was very ready at the time to face any petition or dispute that would be filed at the Supreme Court.

Source: GhanaWeb

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Video: Koku Anyidoho’s Wife Narrates How Koku Sacked Her From Their Home After The Death Of Their 9-Year Old Daughter

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There seems to be a storm brewing in the home of former General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Koku Anyidoho as his wife has emerged to accuse him of throwing her out of their matrimonial home.

Jennifer Boahemaa Yeboah told GhanaWeb in an exclusive interview yet to be aired on the #SayItLoud programme that, following months of emotional abuse and negligence from her husband, Mr Anyidoho sent her packing from their home.

It will be recalled that Madam Jennifer was involved in a car accident in November last year which resulted in the loss of their 8-year-old daughter.

She furthered that Mr Anyidoho abandoned her after the accident, taking away their only surviving son because he blamed her for the death of their daughter.

The estranged wife recounted to GhanaWeb, how shortly after being discharged from the hospital, while arrangements were being carried out for the burial of their daughter, the former NDC General Secretary sent bottles of schnapps to her parents in the company of some friends to dissolve their marriage after their marriage of about 6 years

She noted that her family took receipt of the drinks to be used as evidence when the two families formally met to deliberate on the matter.

Madam Jennifer told GhanaWeb that what broke the camel’s back was events that occurred on Tuesday, February 23. She noted that while she was away, Mr Anyidoho packed some of her belongings from their matrimonial home and sent it to her mother’s house in a KIA truck on her blind side.

“Sending an unknown driver to bring some of my things without anyone’s knowledge, and the marriage has not been dissolved officially, I don’t know what to say… I was there yesterday trying to sort out a few things at my new apartment when I got a call from my 78-year-old mother that a KIA truck is here with some few things that Anyidoho said they should bring it…” she told GhanaWeb.

Meanwhile, Mr Koku Anyidoho is yet to respond to the allegations. When GhanaWeb reached out to him, he was unavailable.

Source: GhanaWeb

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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.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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