General News of Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Source: peacefmonline

Tsikata’s slow pace is helping the NPP case - John Boadu

A Deputy Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has extolled lead counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Tsatsu Tsikata, for his braveness to have cross-examined the star witness of the petitioners, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

According to him, there is no need for Mr. Tsikata to accelerate his cross-examination since his style of quizzing Dr. Bawumia is rather revealing more irregularities during the election.

“Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata has done very well with is cross examination. Sometimes I wonder why people are saying he is delaying, so must he speed up as everybody want? He (Tsatsu Tsikata) should take his time and scrutinize the case, and that will reveal more irregularities during the 2012 election which the NPP is now challenging at the court,” he said.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by the party’s 2012 flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, running mate Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, are in court to challenge the results of the 2012 presidential election which incumbent President John Dramani Mahama was declared the winner.

Star witness for the petitioners, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for the part seventeen (17) days has been examined by counsels of the respondents.

Mr. Tsikata for 8 days now is still cross-examining Dr. Bawumia and has insisted on a recount of pink sheets as he is accusing the petitioners of padding.

Speaking on an Accra-based Asempa FM; John Boadu believes the recount of the pink sheets by KPMG as ordered by the court will just be a waste of time since that will not affect the petitioners’ evidence to the court in any way.

“The noise by Mr. Tsikata to recount the pink sheets is a waste. The recount of the pink sheets will be in vain and will not affect the petitioners (NPP) in any way…The NPP submitted 11, 842 evidences so if after recount, and it’s not up to that, we (the NPP) don’t care,” he stated.