The judges are doing the job of the respondents’ lawyers at the Supreme Court – Hon. Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini

A day after the second witness (Dr. Kpesah Whyte) of the petitioner (former president John Dramani Mahama) was seen to have endured scrutiny and airtight cross examination by the lead counsel of the second respondent (H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; the President of the Republic) in the ongoing adjudication of the election petition of the year 2020, the Member of Parliament of Tamale North – Hon. Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini seems not to be amused by the turn of events when according to him the Supreme Court Justices are been overly confrontational and not seeking clarification from the petitioner’s witnesses especially in the case of Dr. Kpesah Whyte which consequently prompted the counsel for the petitioner (Tsatsu Tsikata) to rise in protest for an end to the harassment of his witness by the Bench; whereas the Bench insisted on harmlessly seeking to get clarity on statements made by the witness himself.

Hon. Suhuyini further made reference to the press briefing of the legal communication team of the second respondent – otherwise referred to as the NPP legal team after at the premises of the Supreme Court after the court hearing to express his disappointment to the abysmal performance of the lead counsel of the second respondent during his turn for cross examination of the petitioner’s witness which later saw the Bench do a better job in attempting to dig deeper by way of seek clarity and ended up harassing the petitioner’s witness. He supported his claim with the fact that the second respondent’s legal communication team instead of echoing the performance of their lead counsel they rather based their supposed success of the day on the intervention of the Bench’s quest for clarification; and to him this is shameful.

Responding to why the petitioner was not able to produce election results and figures to discredit the figures and eventual declaration made by the first respondent (the Electoral Commission), Hon. Suhuyini stated that it is not the responsibility of the petitioner and the NDC to produce figures before the court to prove their case but rather the responsibility of the Electoral Commission to do because figures generated and recorded by the petitioner and the NDC is theirs but it is rather the Electoral Commission who owes every lover of democracy the task of producing recorded figures with which they made the declaration of December 9, 2020.

Ignatius Agyeman Pambour –

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