Election Petition: Why Mahama Won’t Take The Witness Box In Court

Former President of the the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama will not give evidence at the Supreme Court in the continuing presidential election petition.

Rather, he possesses the right under the law to call witness to assist his case, a member of his legal team, Dr Dominic has stated.

His pronouncement is in reply to a claim by lawyers of the second respondent, President Nana Akufo-Addo that former President Mahama has refused to bear witness in court.

“The petitioner himself has no witness statement before the court. John Mahama has refused, he failed or neglected to sign unto a witness statement, ” he said.

In a counter-argument, De Ayeni enunciated shock at the step taken by his skilled colleague.

He shared how the President Nana Akufo-Addo then candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on same case in 2012 did not testify but appointed witness to testify on his behalf to buttress his point

The former Attorney-General could not understand why lawyers are pushing for the status quo to be changed.

He questioned: “Is the case that when it comes to his Excellency John Dramani Mahama, the law change and force him to testify?“

Dr Ayeni saud the submissions made by President Akufo-Addo‘s legal team are misplaced.

Meanwhile, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia and Dr Michael Kpessa Whyte, who was one of Mr Mahama‘s agents in the Electoral Commission‘s national collation centre (strong room) will testify in court.

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