The legal team of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has designated some personalities to speak to the media on matters relating to the election Petition on the outcome of the December 2020 general elections.
The President’s legal team has designated a five member committee to represent Nana Akufo-Addo on Supreme Court’s petition filed by John Dramani Mahama challenging the elegibility, validity and credibility of the Presidential election results.
The list announced by the legal team of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo include;
1. Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah Esq – MP, Ofoase Ayirebi
2. Yaw Buaben Asamoa Esq. – National Communications Director, NPP
3. Henry Nana Boakye Nana-B Esq – National Youth Organizer, NPP
4. Fati Abubakar – Deputy Communications Director, Presidency
5. Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante – Legal Committee Member
This came following President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s answer to the election Petition.
On Wednesday, 30th December, 2020, the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama has filed a petition at the Supreme Court of Ghana challenging the Presidential election results as declared by Electoral Commission’s Chairperson Mrs Jean Mensa.
In his Petition, he cited numerous cases of a breach of the 1992 Constitution and C.I 127 by the Electoral Commission and its chairperson. As a result, he prayed to the Court to declare the election results null and void and to order the Commission to conduct a rerun of the election between him and the 2nd respondent Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the second (2nd) respondent, in his response said, the Petition is incompetent, devoid of substance and does not measure up to the legal criteria for action invoking the juridiction of the Supreme Court under Article 64 (1) of the 1992 Constitution.
According to him, the general elections were conducted across a total of 38,622 polling stations in Ghana and 311 special voting centers, and that, in each polling station and special voting centers, the votes were counted and the results declared in the presence of representatives of Candidates, counting agents, voters, the general public and most instances, the media and local and international observers.
The petition, according to him, does not disclose any attack on the validity of the election held throughout the polling stations in Ghana and 311 special voting centers or any of the processes set out in the paragraphs 3 and 4 (Supra).
In view of this, the 2nd respondent, after considering the nature of the petition said, it lacks the legal basis and hence denies each and the every allegations of material fact contained in the petition.