Pressure is mounting on former President John Dramani Mahama to instruct his lawyers to withdraw the 2020 election petition filed at Supreme Court (SC) challenging the outcome of the just-ended presidential election results which the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Jean Mensa declared Nana Akufo-Addo as the winner.
Communication team member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti Region, Suleman Abdullai has described as unfair after a nine-member review panel of the Supreme Court dismissed a motion moved by lawyers of former president John Mahama seeking leave to file “an additional ground of review” to the review application on the interrogatories.
“I am not a lawyer but the arbitrary dismissals of our application despite superior arguments are unfair to the petitioner. The ruling of the justices is unfair. What will happen if Mahama decides to withdraw the case? We are ready as NDC foot soldiers to contribute to pay whatever charge the Court may fine you “, the NDC Communicator advised on Kumasi-based Otec FM monitored by tellghana.net.
A nine-member review panel of the Supreme Court has dismissed a motion moved by lawyers of former president John Mahama seeking leave to file “an additional ground of review” to the review application on the interrogatories.
Lead Counsel of the petitioner, Tsatsu Tsikata who moved the motion made reference to copious authorities and urged the court to oblige them file their request since it will assist the court to make a proper determination of the review pending.
According to the outspoken politician, it beats reasonable thinking that the Justices of the Supreme Court will take such position against Mr. Mahama and the NDC considering previous rulings of the same Supreme Court.
“This same Supreme Court in 2012 allowed Nana Akufo-Addo lawyers to asked then EC Chair some questions. Why are they denying Mahama’s lawyers today”, Suleman Abdullai quizzed host.
Former Attorney General and Minister for Justice, who is also spokesperson for Mahama’s legal Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, has also described as unfair, the rulings by the Supreme Court panel hearing the Election petition.
“The rulings coming out are short unlike 2013 when there were detailed rulings…we have to say that the petitioner is not being treated fairly,” Appiah-Oppong said, adding “it is not unfortunate but we have to say it as it is, the petitioner is not being treated fairly…so we disagree with the ruling of the Supreme Court, it’s unfortunate but that is their decision so there isn’t much we can do.” she addressed journalists after Thursday’s hearing.