Bawumia’s brilliance compelled Afari-Gyan into the witness box in 2013, not a subpoena – Oppong Nkrumah

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A spokesperson for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the ongoing election petition hearing, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has stated that in 2013, it took the brilliance of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to get the then Electoral Commission (EC) Chair, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan into the witness box and not a subpoena.

He was addressing journalists in Accra on Tuesday 16th February, 2021 after the Supreme Court dismissed an application filed by former President Mahama to have his case re-open so he could subpoena the current EC Chair, Jean Mensa into the witness box.

According to the apex court, they find no merit in the application so the dismissed it and stated that ongoing case will proceed without hesitation.

The court’s decision has further has dashed all hopes by the petitioners to get the EC Chair into the witness box to testify.

Meanwhile, some members of the NDC and social commentators have questioned why in 2013, the then EC Chair mounted the witness box and testified, but the current EC Chair has been let off the hook.

But Kojo Oppong Nkrumah argued that there is big difference between how the petitioner in the 2013 election petition got the EC Chair then into the witness box and how the petitioner in the 2020 election petition is trying to do it.

He stated that “The brilliance of the then NPP flagbearer’s running mate, Alhaji Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia in demonstrating 11,000 pink sheets and the problems with them indicated to Dr. Afari Gyan that if he did not get into the witness box, the job that he had done was going to be set aside,” he said.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the petitioner in the 2012 election petition did not have to subpoena Dr. Afari Gyan, but the respondents themselves saw the need, based on the strength of the petitioner’s case to call him into the witness box.

“In this case the petitioner has close his case without proving that the reliefs he is seeking in court are worth the evidence he adduced after calling three out of five witnesses he advertised,” he said.

Meanwhile, some public figures, including US-based Ghanaian law lecturer, Prof. Kwaku Asare and the NDC MP for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Este Kwami Dafeamekpor have suggested to the petitioner to get out of court following the ruling against his motion to re-open his case.

Hearing has been adjourned to Thursday February 18, 2021.

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