Main Counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, has suspected the Main Counsel of the Petitioners, Mr Philip Addison, of selling “patent falsehood” in law court over the Petitioners case hearing.
He said the Bench hearing the petitioners’ case that Mr Addison’s privilege that the Electoral Commission disadvantaged the first Petitioner, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of around 15,000 apparently made votes at Ledzokuku during the 2012 presidential poll, was “patently false”.
According to Mr Tsikata, he has cross-checked the authorized and specialized results declared by the Electoral Commission for Ledzokuku on the EC’s website but nothing of that sort was noticed.
“…Counsel is not entitled to put before a witness matters which are patently false…there is a clear official record of the election; I have gone to [see] what was on the website of the EC myself…It is not professionally right to put to a witness a matter which plainly is incorrect; it is not professionally right,” Mr Tsikata stated in law court on Tuesday.
According to Mr Tsikata: “… For counsel to put numbers which are just, frankly, out of nowhere and say that that is the number there, respectfully that is professionally unacceptable”.
Mr Addison suspected on Monday, during his re-examination of EC Chairman, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan that considerable votes made by the main opposition New Patriotic Party’s 2012 Presidential Candidate, were deducted from Nana Akufo-Addo’s entire votes in definite Electorates, containing Ledzokuku, and suspected that those subtracted votes were added onto the results of the first defendant, President John Mahama.
At the reopening of hearing on Tuesday, Mr Tsikata read transcripts of his cross-examination of the petitioners’ key witness, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to show that the petitioners had erased the accusation of vote subtraction and vote stuffing from their pleadings.
He, therefore, indicted Mr Addison of unprofessional behaviour by trying to place to the witness, privileges that the petitioners had uncontrolled at the start of the trial.
By a majority of 7-2 ruling, the nine-member Bench over-ruled the objection by Counsel for the second and third defendants to the petitioners’ persistence on placing the question to Dr. Afari-Gyan around the suspected inconsistency on the publicized facts.
Mr Addison, however, took out the query after the defendants’ objection was over-ruled.
He agreed to the court that the petitioners no longer had a matter with the facts after having done their cross-checks.
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