General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, says the witnesses lined up by John Dramani Mahama in the just-ended election petition hearing made the case quite easier for the Supreme Court to determine.
He observed that the court became only charitable with two of the witnesses as some of the things they said were “fanciful”.
JB, as he is affectionately called, was addressing journalists and supporters of the party after the Supreme Court dismissed the petition filed by Mr Mahama.
In its judgement on Thursday, March 4, the court said the petitioner did not produce enough evidence to rebut the presumptions created by the publication of CI 135.
“We are therefore of no reason to order a rerun. We accordingly dismiss the petition,” Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah said in the judgement.
Mr Boadu said Mr Mahama was only forced to go to court because he knew from scratch that he had lost the elections.
“We are happy that they chose the option of seeking redress in court because that clearly brought out the misinformation and mischief that they want to sow among their supporters,” he said.
He said from the three witnesses – Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Dr Michael Kpessah-Whyte and Robert Joseph Mettle-Nunoo – it was the first witness who made the case easier.
“For the so-called star witness, he really made our case for us because through the cross-examinations, he accepted that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo whether Techiman South votes were given to them or the valid votes attained by each candidate were correctly given to them, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo got not only more than 50 percent [but] got 51 percent plus in the elections.
“For us, it is a vindication of the confidence that the people of this country reposed once again in the New Patriotic Party.”