When the Asantehene visited Accra

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Monday, May 20, 2013

My good friends, much has been said about or against me anytime I write anything to express my opinions about the Asantehene (Otumfuo Osei Tutu II), especially within the context of hardcore national and local politics.

The last time I wrote an article questioning why the NPP would want to seek refuge in him after losing the elections and taking to the streets to present a petition to him, I was virtually “eaten alive” by those who didn’t want me to criticize him.

Some even threatened to have me expelled from my workplace for daring to take on their sacred cow. Continue reading

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The Supreme Court has enough evidence already? (Part II)

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Friday, May 17, 2013

The cross-examination of Bawumia by Tsatsu Tsikata has so far travelled 10 days; although there are hints that it will soon end, there still remains some thorny aspects of the petitioners’ evidence to be scrutinized. The motion was one means to do so.

In arguing for it, Tsatsu drew the court’s attention to the fact that they were not seeking to cross-examine all of the witnesses but that they would pick and choose which one of them they deemed necessary at a time.

He grounded his arguments in legality and quoted portions of CI 74 which states that a person who has sworn an affidavit may be cross-examined and re-examined as necessary. He said these are witnesses whose testimonies are before the Lordships and that what the respondents’ counsel were seeking leave to do was to cross-examine those witnesses for their truthfulness to be determined by the court. Continue reading

The Supreme Court has enough evidence already? (Part I)

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Presiding Judge William Atuguba yesterday dismissed the motion filed by Tsatsu Tsikata (counsel for the NDC) to cross-examine a number of witnesses whose affidavits were tendered as evidence by the NPP petitioners challenging the outcome of Election 2012 (Presidential).

In dismissing the motion, he said that “the court has enough evidence to make a firm decision and would not need extra information from the said witnesses to make a determination of the case”. He also said that granting the request would “prolong the case”.

By this stroke of judicial constraint, has Judge Atuguba prejudiced the outcome of the case already? Has he set the tone for dangerous speculation? Continue reading

If not for Akufo-Addo’s victory, why is the NPP in court? (Part II)

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Another issue that Tsatsu’s interrogation has revealed is the errors that the petitioners committed in putting together their evidence. The point is that if the petitioners won’t accept the fact that the problems that they have based their allegations on are “administrative errors” committed by those charged to fill the pink sheets and analogous documents on Election 2012, what moral justification do they have when their own exhibits have errors in them? In other words, why should they accept their own errors as negligible and the EC’s as punishable?

We note again that Tsatsu’s interrogation also revealed the impropriety of the pink sheets that the petitioners compiled, claiming to have selected 24,000 out of the 26,002 polling stations nationwide. The 11,842 pink sheet exhibits (out of 24,000) with which they are fighting their cause came from the NDC’s strongholds won by President Mahama. Nothing came from the NPP’s strongholds won by Akufo-Addo. Why? Continue reading

If not for Akufo-Addo’s victory, why is the NPP in court? (Part I)

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

At today’s sitting of the Supreme Court, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia made startling revelations that make me wonder why the NPP went to court at all to fight against President Mahama, the Electoral Commission, and the NDC concerning Election 2012.

When Tsatsu said that the starting point of the petition was to have the first petitioner (Akufo-Addo) declared winner of the election, Bawumia replied “That is not true”.

Indeed, if the purpose of the petition is not to have Akufo-Addo declared as winner of Election 2012, why are these NPP people in court, wasting everybody’s time and the country’s resources (with the live telecast, especially) and continuously assuring their supporters of victory to sustain their anti-Mahama activism? Are these people being honest to themselves and their followers? Continue reading

The NPP petitioners caught in their own web of lies?

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

My good friends, we want to analyze the circumstances surrounding the NPP’s petition that have brought matters to a head at the end of the 14th day of the Supreme Court’s sitting and the order for the KPMG firm to recount/audit the pink sheet exhibits submitted by the petitioners as their affidavits.

I strongly believe that whatever doubts, suspicions, and apprehensions there may be at this stage can be traced to the history behind this petition. That history is not only murky but also suggestive of dishonesty, which if we get to know well won’t surprise us that the quantum of pink sheet exhibits is under scrutiny at this stage in the determination of the case.

Let’s start analyzing the issues from the very genesis of the suit and plot how the inconsistencies and murkiness set the tone for what has led to the Supreme Court’s order that the KPMG recount/audit the pink sheet exhibits as requested by Tsatsu Tsikata, counsel for the third respondents (the NDC). Continue reading

The NPP’s politics of pink sheets falls flat (Part II)

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Bawumia may stand his ground to reject Tsatsu’s claim but his own admission that such errors were genuine acts of human fallibility (as is evident in the anomalies and inconsistencies in the petitioners’ own pink sheet exhibits) has done much damage to his credibility.

If the petitioners’ own documents can have such enormous errors (in respect of the 11,000 pink sheet exhibits), what couldn’t be the problem with the recording of data on the pink sheets for the 26,000 polling stations that the EC dealt with at Election 2012?

More importantly, the fact that the booklets containing the pink sheets had many copies and couldn’t all have clear signatures or entries made by the Presiding Officers or party agents is a simple matter that can be understood easily without question. Continue reading