Election Petition 2020: “We condemn NPP’s attack on Petitioner’s Legal Counsel”-NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has condemned attacks from some spokespersons of the second respondent on its legal counsel in the 2020 Presidential Elections petition to the Supreme Court.

A press statement released by the Party cited Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and Henry Nana Boakye, also known as Nana B for these “persistent” attacks.

Director of Communications of the Party, Kakra Essamuah has, in the statement, warned the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to desist from inciting the Apex Court of the land against the former Deputy Attorney General, Hon. Dr. Dominic Ayine.

“Unfortunately in recent times, the NPP team, led by Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has been using the podium offered by the Media to attack COusel representing HE John Mahama in the case, and even going further to incite the court against the former Deputy Attorney General, Hon. Dr. Dominic Ayine,” portion of the statement reads.

The opposition NDC noted that the attacks are characterized by constantly offering misleading comments about lawyers for the petitioner as well as the case in court.

According to NDC’s Director of Communications, the ruling party’s attempt to incite the Court against its lawyers is in a bid to debase the Court’s role and duty.

He further maintained that the Supreme Court upholds the principles of fair justice to all citizens regardless of political colors.

Background

This press statement released by the National Democratic Congress follows the February 11, 2021 ruling in which the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, dismissed the petitioner’s application to reopen its case.

The counsel of the petitioner earlier announced to the Justices of the Supreme Court its intention to close its case. The practice has been such that Lawyers for the Petitioner after trying to prove its case, has to close its case in a bid to allow the respondents to open their defense.

However, lawyers for the first and second respondents (Electoral Commission) led by Justice Amenuvor and Justice Akoto Ampaw respectively declared that they intend not to open their defense.

As a result, the Court asked the parties involved to file their closing statements to make way for the Judges of the Apex Court to announce the date for final Judgement.

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