EC's lawyer Justin Amenuvor

By Fred Dzakpata (Asaase Radio)

Lawyer for the first respondent in the ongoing presidential election petition, Justin Amenuvor, on Monday told one of John Mahama’s witnesses, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, that he has a temperament of ungovernable character.

“You remember in 2008 you said in the strong room that ‘I am Rojo Mettle-Nunoo and if Kwabena Agyapong did not take his time’ you are going to go at him one on one? I am putting it to you that character of yours is just what you have displayed to the court.

“You have a temperament known as ungovernable character, my Lords that will be all,” Amenuvor concluded with his cross-examination of the petitioner’s third and final witness in the Election 2020 petition hearing at the Supreme Court.

His closing remark followed heated exchanges with the witness in the box at the apex court, describing the National Democratic Congress (NDC) stalwart as an “untruthful witness.”

 Lawyer Amenuvor argued that Mettle-Nunoo was not truthful in his submissions before the court and urged the apex court to disregard him.

Mettle-Nunoo did not agree to that assertion insisting the EC chair, Jean Mensa, was rather not truthful to Ghanaians during the last general election.

Rojo and his colleague Dr Michael Kpessa-Whyte had claimed that the EC chair “directed”, “instructed” them to leave the National Collation Centre (Strong Room) to have a conference with Mr Mahama (Petitioner) about some alleged irregularities they had identified.

In their witness statements, they alleged Mrs Mensa even offered to give them police escort to assist them get back in time for the declaration of the result on December 9, 2020.

According to them, the EC boss however acted in bad faith for announcing the results in their absence, a few minutes after she instructed them to deliver the message to the petitioner.

Irrelevant commentaries

For his part, Akoto Ampaw, counsel for Akufo-Addo, told the witness he was running unnecessary commentaries.

“Let me advise you that you are before the Supreme Court and when a question is put to you, you answer the question, not to set up your own questions and run around with it. So please listen to my questions and answer it, you are not permitted to run irrelevant commentaries,” Ampaw stressed.

Former President Mahama, NDC presidential candidate for the 2020 presidential election filed the petition at the Supreme Court, claiming nobody won the election.

He is praying that the apex court orders a re-run between him and 2nd respondent, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who was declared the winner of the election.

At various news conferences before and after the final declaration, Mr Mahama and NDC gurus claimed they had won the presidential election, which was being stolen from them.

They incited their supporters to demonstrate against the declaration, which was done lawlessly with burning of tyres on the streets, causing deaths and destruction of property only for them to go to court, saying no candidate won the election.