A bit of background on this issue..
The Supreme Court today, Wednesday 17th April, begun hearing the election petition filed by three leading members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) challenging the legitimacy of President John Dramani Mahama.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the second petitioner and running mate to Nana Akufo-Addo in the December 2012 elections on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party was first to appear in the witness box.
This Court adjourned hearing the previous day because the Electoral Commission (EC), one of the respondents had not filed its affidavit.
The EC’s affidavit was sent to the court by Mr Amadu Sulley, a Deputy Chairman in charge of Finance and Administration at about 1600 hours yesterday and filed on behalf of the EC.
The petitioners’ legal team included Ms. Gloria Akuffo, Mr Philip Addison, Mr Frank Davies, Mr Alex Quaynor, Mr Akoto Ampaw, Nana Asante Bediatuo, Mr Kwame Akuffo, Mr Kwaku Asirifi, Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, Mr Egbert Faibille and Professor Ken Attafuah.
President Mahama was represented by Mr. Tony Lithur and Dr Abdul Basit Aziz Bamba. Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata and Mr. Samuel Codjoe represented the NDC while Mr. James Quashie-Idun, Mr. Anthony Dabi and Mr. Stanley Amarteyfio represented the EC.
So in nutshell…I will let you do the digging up on the full facts of the case; NPP lodged a complaint stating that the 2012 Ghana Elections were rigged with irregularities and hence claiming that the NDC did not win the elections.
When time has permitted, I have been following whatever uploads that have been made available on Youtube. I have had the opportunity of having my presence being made available in The Supreme Court. The only opportunity I have had to appear in court was at the Osu Circuit Court, and that was get my application for Letters Of Administration “fast tracked”
I think I am beginning to find this whole process/proceedings amusing. Some observations I have made – from the videos.
Are the large number of legal teams present for the President and the Petitioners really needed?. Surely, each could have left half of its team in the office – surely.
Mr Tsatu Tsikata seems to be a very eloquent lawyer. He seems to know what he is doing and will probably win this for the President based on his eloquence in court.
I really feel for Mr Bawumia. I personally know this guy from back in the days in Tamasco. For some reason, I feel that he is going through all this humiliation for nothing. He already had a brilliant career before being sucked in politics. These are my thoughts. He is such a clever person by way of what he has studied and built as An Economist, why subject yourself to all this? Maybe I am missing something.