Nana Ato Dadzie says the NDC is not willing to concede even one vote in the alleged election irregularities
The Lead Counsel in the NDC’s joinder application, Nana Ato Dadzie is calling on all and sundry to exercise faith and confidence in the judicial system in discharging its duties.
His calls follow the governing National Democratic Congress' application to be joined as respondent to the election petition brought by the NPP challenging the declaration of President John Mahama as winner of the December polls. But the Supreme Court had to adjourn hearing, when it sat on the application Thursday, because the Lead Counsel for the petitioners, Philip Addison had objected to one of the panel sitting on the case.
Meanwhile, the petitioners - the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo; his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, and the National Chairman of the NPP, Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey – have also opposed the NDC’s application to be joined in the petition on the grounds that it may “unnecessarily” delay the process.
But speaking to Francis Abban on Joy FM’s Top Story, Nana Ato Dadzie said even though the NDC might have an issue with one or two of the Supreme Court judges, it has no interest in raising objections against them.
“It is not as though the NDC did not have problem with one, two, three or four, probably five [of the panel members] but we all have to build faith and confidence in the judiciary, and the judicial system, so we will go by their verdict.”
He also expressed surprise as to how, he claimed, the NPP Member of Parliament for the Tema East, Titus Glover got to know of the judges constituting the panel before they were even made public. He alleged the MP went further to tell an Accra-based Okay FM that the party would oppose the membership of Justice William Anaam Atuguba on the panel, and the party have subsequently objected to one panel member.
He said the NDC is not perturbed by the actions of the opposition NPP. Nevertheless, he described the moves as “unfortunate”.
“We are not worried, they have a problem; they have to establish proof. In law, if you raise an objection against a judge, there is a standard you must measure up to…that is a long, long tall order for you to show that by reason of A, B, C, D there is a real likelihood that the judge cannot dispense justice fairly.”
But Nana Ato Dadzie was not comfortable, admitting the party is worried about the request that the case of objection should be heard in-camera, citing CI 74 Section 69 C. III, which demands that the hearing of petition must take place in an open court.
He however maintained: “we are saying that we are not conceding even one vote unless there are good grounds for releasing that... [that is]if they can prove their case.”
But a member of the NPP legal team, Mrs Gloria Akuffo explained that it was for the purpose of maintaining the sanctity of the judiciary that the NPP requested an in-camera hearing of its objections to the panel of judges.
She maintained that the NPP has complete confidence in the judiciary but was only concerned about one member of the panel.
She disclosed that after consultations and deliberations, the court decided that they (NPP)should put their objections into writing.