Former Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong is full of praise for General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, for what she considers to be an outstanding performance exhibited under cross-examination in the ongoing Presidential election petition before the Supreme Court.
Monday’s court hearing saw Mr. Asiedu Nketia, popularly called General Mosquito, being cross-examined by Lawyer Akoto Ampaw, lead counsel for the 2nd Respondent, President Nana Akufo-Addo.
The witness was shown video clips of himself and other leading members of the NDC making declarations that sought to project the petitioner, John Dramani Mahama as winner of the 2020 Presidential elections.
For well over six hours, General Mosquito was subjected to a barrage of questions from Lawyer Akoto Ampaw; and the opposition party considers his performance as sterling.
Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, a Spokesperson for the petitioner, after the court hearing, was effusive in her praise for the witness saying “we are extremely satisfied with the testimony given by our General Secretary today. In fact, nothing that he has said undermines our case. Indeed, everything he said goes to point to the fact that we’re entitled to the declarations that we’re seeking…So today, we’re happy with the cross-examination of the General. We’re happy with the results and we think that our case was made clearly in the court today”.
On the issue of the videos played in court, she stated; ”The video that they sought to show to try and dent the credibility of the General Secretary didn’t happen as they thought it would. In the end, his credibility rather soared. If you watch the video and I’m sure you all watched it, it is clear from the video that he never said at any point in time that the petitioner had won the elections. In fact, what he did were projections and rightly so.”
”They cross-examined the General on the issue of padding and you can sense from the cross-examination that they admit that there was padding. What they tried to portray was that on a pen drive, there was an indication that there was also padding in favor of the NDC. Now, if they admit that there was padding, then obviously we’re dealing with a very flawed election. That is the point and they admit it! It’s a clear admission of a flawed election”, she further stressed.
A striking incident in court was the NDC General Secretary denying knowledge of the content of the pen drive that contained the video evidences proven by Lead Counsel for the 2nd Respondent, Akoto Ampaw, which has become a topical issue because some critics wonder how Mr. Asiedu Nketia could claim not to know what was on the pen drive when the documents formed part of their evidence.
Explaining what transpired, Mrs. Marietta Brew told the press that Mr. Asiedu Nketia only had hard copies of the documents but didn’t see the pen drive, hence there was no way he could have identified what was on the pen drive.
She said; ”The information on the pen drive was printed for the General. It was printed for him, so he saw the hard copy. He didn’t actually see the pen drive and from what I could see on the screen, they were actually reading from the names of the folders which he would not have. He would have the printed document because of interest to him was the information in the document and not the names of the folders.”
Hearing continues Tuesday, February 2, 2021
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