General News of Wednesday, 16 January 2013
The National Democratic Congress has moved its motion at the Supreme Court seeking to join as a respondent, the presidential election petition filed by New Patriotic Party leaders Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey.
Lead lawyer for the NDC, Tsatsu Tsikata prayed the Supreme Court to allow the party to join the petition challenging the declaration of President Mahama as winner of the December polls, because the governing party has a vested interest in the case.
Joy News’ Anny Osabutey who was in court, Wednesday, reported the NDC lawyer as saying that President John Mahama did not contest the election as an Independent candidate but on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress for which reason the party must be allowed to join the case.
Tsatsu Tsikata averred that if the legitimacy of President John Mahama is being questioned, the party that put him for election is affected greatly and must be allowed to join the president as respondent.
He said it was only fair and just for the NDC to be heared.
Counsel for the petitioners have kicked against the joinder application but were yet to formally make their arguments in court, Osabutey stated.