We may also subpoena Mahama – Oppong Nkrumah

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If need be, the respondents in the ongoing election petition hearing will also summon the petitioner, John Mahama, to appear in court to testify, spokesperson of the lawyers of the respondents, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has said.  

His comment comes after lawyer for the petitioner Tsatsu Tsikata served notice to re-open his case to enable him subpoena Chair of the Electoral Commission Jean Adukwei Mensa and Campaign Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in last year’s elections Peter Mac Manu.

Mr Tsikata told the court on Thursday, February 11 that: “We are applying to reopen our case and on that basis we are issuing a subpoena addressed to the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana.”

This comes after the Supreme Court said the witnesses cannot be compelled to mount the witness box to be cross-examined in the ongoing election petition.

Speaking to the press after proceedings, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said: “Depending on what the court decides to do, our senior lawyers will take their next line of action.

“Indeed, I’ve heard conversations that if they elect to subpoena the EC Chair, maybe, we should also elect to subpoena the petitioner to be brought into the box. I don’t know if they will agree to it at the end of the day, but it is part of the various conversations.

“If it becomes necessary, we’ll be happy to mount the box. I keep telling you that Chairman Mac Manu comes here every day prepared. If they [petitioners] cross a threshold, and we have to testify, we’ll do that”.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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