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Prez Mahama must defend himself in court – Chris Akumey
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Prez Mahama must defend himself in court – Chris Akumey

President John Mahama

A member of the NDC’s legal team, Chris Akumey has suggested that President John Mahama should be advised to go to the Supreme Court to defend himself on the allegations leveled against him by the NPP, which is challenging his electoral victory.

The NPP on Friday December 28, 2012, filed a petition at the Court, challenging President John Mahama's victory and prayed the court to nullify the declaration made by Chairman for the Electoral Commission Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan on December 9, 2012.

The first and second defendants in the case; President Dramani Mahama and the Electoral Commission respectively, have been accused by the plaintiff of deliberately manipulating the election results to favour the former.

Speaking earlier on weekly news and current affairs programme, News File broadcast live on Joy News TV and Joy FM Saturday, another member of the NDC’s legal team Abraham Amaliba suggested that joining the president as first defendant in the suit, was in violation of the 1992 constitution.

Mr. Mr. Amaliba quoted, Article 57 (5) of the constitution states; “The President shall not, while in office as President, be personally liable to any civil or criminal proceedings in court”.

According to him, although Mr. Mahama was a candidate in the just ended elections held on December 7 and 8, 2012, his role as President will be distracted if he has to be going to court to defend himself.

However, Mr. Chris Akumey disagrees with Amaliba’s position.

Chris Akumey said the President must be advised to go to the Supreme Court to defend himself over the accusations against his person, in the suit filed by the NPP.

In a related development, member of the NPP’s legal team Nana Asante Bediatuo has discounted claims by some NDC activists to the effect that, the NPP plans to launch an attack on the Supreme Court, should it pronounce judgment against them.

Nana Asante Bediatuo emphasized the NPP’s belief in the judiciary, hence their resolve to petition it over the results which they believed were rigged in the NDC's favour.

He said “Nana Akufo-Addo has already said he will accept the verdict of the Supreme Court”, describing the claim as a propaganda being peddled by the NDC.

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