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Opinions of Monday, 27 May 2013

Columnist: Kyei, Ivan

Game of politics inside Supreme Court .

The election petition hearing ongoing in the Supreme Court has indeed
brought on it tails a lot of intriguing issues worthy of discussion.
Thanks to the live telecast,though a lot of concerns have been raised about
its negative impact on productivity and the cost involved which has a
tendency of causing irreparable damage to our already liquidated economy, l
still maintain the positive aspect enlightening the citizenry on the
petition seeking to vitiate four million-plus votes of eligible Ghanaians.
Having been following the case till now,a lot of conclusions and
in-conclusions have been attempted in both pundits and legal as well as
layman's perspective to cap the reactions from the Supreme Court
Though it is too early to argue the likely position to place the coin of
victory, it doesn't disputes my position stated earlier that this petition
is frivolous,vexatious and bears an indented mark of a bad loser.
As l move to affirm the position of the president (first respondent in the
petition ) who had earlier stated categorically in a meeting with
Asantehene that this petition would strengthen our democracy, and for the
records,it is also good for a country bestowed as a beacon of democracy in
Africa and again for the common good of our electoral system which may
include the subsequent electoral reforms aftermath.
In the face of this,irrespective of how insubstantial,frivolous and leaking
the petition is perceived to be, subjecting it to the full scrutiny of the
law is more appreciative than any other luxury of alternatives we would
have preferred.
It is clear that the entire petition is built on lies and deceit as the so
called tight-evidence that flirts with shock fluctuates on daily basis
which feed into the perception of bad faith mantra cited by the respondents
with regards to the mere assumptions and political rhetorics being chanted
by the petitioners devoid of hard,credible and material evidence .
Without commenting on the merit of the case as it is reserved them for the
revered jury to probe, l sincerely believe they would do honest job for the
prevalence of justice.
But the inconsistencies in the various claims by the petitioners really
bothers on the bad faith as asserted by the first and the third respondents.
We must not forget that,the various acts of vandalism sanctioned by the
leadership of the NPP after the declaration which labelled them as losers,
beseeching places like Obra spot for days attacking and unleashing terror
on innocent Ghanaians which confirmed the "i shall be president at all
cost" mantra pinned to Akuffo Addo.
Now that it is unfolded that those claims peddled by the leadership which
eventually motivated the inaction of those ignorant supporters were nothing
but pack of malicious lies and deadly political drivel, it really sparks
interest as to what the idea behind this cooked claims were about.
The dream of the petitioners to use the Supreme Court as an auction
platform to buy electoral victory despite their abysmal and poor poll
performance in election 2012 does not startle some of us at all because
the various war provocative rhetorics by the leadership even before the
elections answer it all and thanks again to the live televise that we are
able to learn on daily basis that the concocted and doctoring of irrelevant
fragments joined together as evidence planted of political schemes and
machinations keep crumbling.
The political perception of some folks in the NPP to compensate Nana Addo
with the flag bearer slot of the party because of his long service to the
party accounts for the spit of frustrations the entire party is suffering
but nobody dares to thread that line of argument for the fear of internal
chastisement and blackout, but maybe that is the fact and Ghanaians do not
need Akuffo Addo and that any other person may succeed in reviving the lost
fortunes the party over the years.
The innate attitude of pouring venom on those who virtually disagree with
them on issues as has been transformed into the ongoing election petition.
Bigwigs like Tarzan,Kwame Mpianim and several others having made public
declarations,stating their displeasure on the ongoing litigation, we are
all privy to how they were chastised and ousted by the "trained bull-dogs"
forming the core youth of the party.The NPP has succeeded over the years in
building an adventurous niche for itself "if you are not for us then you
are not sensible" no wonder the late President Dr.Nkrumah described the
Danquah-Busiah tradition as "people with lower intellectual horizon who by
themselves parades as the most sensible people"

Swerving from this internal politics of deception to the interesting
developments and drama invoking scenes at the Supreme Court is noteworthy.
A decorative stratagem put forward at the Supreme Court by the petitioners
seeking to vitiate four million-plus votes of eligible voters is indeed
funny on the line of common sense per the supposed tight-lip evidence
tabled before the supreme court but l leave that to the jury to decide.
Several attempt have been made by Bawumia to defend the indefensible,and in
his desperate quest to become the vice president,he has resorted to
rewriting our electoral laws even before the Supreme Court as was seen in
his definition of over-voting. This is a man powered by desperation and
political hunger and could go every length to conjure shreds of nothing as
evidence in defense of figments of his own imaginations.
After long days and hours of running political commentaries in the witness
box,claiming the unclaimed and indicting the unblemished all in a bid to
build foundation for his case, Tsatsu was brought into the scene to solve
the ambiguous legal riddle to harness understanding for some us.
Mr.TsatsuTsikata's legal prowess is in an awe of extraordinary no wonder at
this stage, even men with bare understanding of common law and simple logic
could perceive the imminent doom encircling the petition.
The current looks of frustration on the faces of the petitioners are
nothing but a rehash of December 9th's desperation and the litigation at
the supreme court is nothing but a lost cause being pursued just for the
records and attention or better still a face saving strategy to shy away
from the wrath of their disgruntled supporters whose intelligence have been
squashed for political gains.
The nauseating posturing of Philip Addison,lead counsel for the petitioners
and his sheer display of arrogance coupled with inappropriate facial
displayance is totally uncalled for,to him the Supreme Court is a
battlefield and he is ready to wrestle whoever confronts him not even
Justice Atuguba would be spared. In attempt to circumvent the realities at
the court, Philip Addison has since the start of the proceedings been
wearing a face of a very aggressive defeated boxer who has nothing to boast
of but intimidating looks. My suspicion is that he knows how feckless the
petition is but to quit is not an option since he could not face the rants
of his desperate masters who are on a rampage mission for power,so
deliberately subjecting himself to unnecessary frustrations to win sympathy
against the vile reactions likely to come from his own backyard after their
defeated is declared is indeed certain.
As the late president J.E.A. Mills said "the wheels of justice grinds
slowly" patience is of great essence to the current situation since equity
does not aid a party at fault my convictions are that justice would
definitely prevail and Ghana would triumph irrespective of how much the
truth is resisted.

From, Ivan Kyei Innocent
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