Tsatsu Tsikata, Counsel for 3rd Respondents in the ongoing Presidential Election Petition at the Supreme Court, on Monday lost his cool and blurted out to Philip Addison, who represents the petitioners to “shut up”.
Tsatsu Tsikata, Counsel for National Democratic Congress (NDC), who was in round 4 of his cross examination tussle with Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, main witness for the petitioners, could not control his outrage at the interruption by Counsel Philip Addison as he (Addison) rose to object to a question Tsikata had posed to the witness on its relevancy to the issues being determined by the court.
As Counsel Philip Addison rose to make his objection, Tsikata blurted out “would you shut up ” to the amazement of all present in court.
A statement issued by the Communications Directorate of NPP released a few hours after the incident blamed Tsatsu’s actions on “frustration”.
The statement said after “four days of cross examination, the expected demolition of the petitioners’ case has not been witnessed with the lawyer (Tsatsu) virtually repeating the same cross examination tactics adopted by Counsel for John Mahama, 1st Respondent in the case, Tony Lithur which was seen as largely being pointless and irrelevant to the two issues being determined by the court, that is, whether there were irregularities in the conduct of the December 7th Elections and whether those irregularities, if any, affected the outcome of the December Presidential elections”.
Addison requested Tsikata to retract his words, but the Judges glossed over it instead asking the two lawyers to approach the bench later on the matter.
Tsatsu Tsikata was cross examining Dr Bawumia in day 11 of the petition seeking to overturn the December 2012 polls on grounds of systematic rigging in favour of President Mahama.