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Opinions of Monday, 29 April 2013

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Bawumia Floors Tsatsu Tsikata

way before being Cross-Examined by Him

I wonder the understanding of the NDC faithful in relation to their reverence for, and the relevance of, Tsatsu Tsikata in the Election 2012 case pending in the Supreme Court. The entirety of the NDC as a group of political activists and persons with a set of ideological aspirations, are sorry to say, not conversant with the essence and objective of the ongoing Supreme Court proceedings.

They will be disappointed, with their hopes shattered irreparably, after their venerated Tsatsu Tsikata has had his turn to cross-examine Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. No matter how better Tsatsu excels than his colleague Counsels for the Respondents (Tony Lithur and Quarshie-Idun), at cross-examining Dr. Bawumia, the principal witness and 2nd petitioner in the case, Tsatsu's efforts will amount simply to "much ado about nothing"

I would not have bothered writing to educate the NDC on this issue had their ignorance about the case not assumed unprecedented shameful height to cast doubt on the intelligence of Ghanaians. Their lack of appreciation and comprehension of issues involved in the case surpasses logic hence, placing out this publication in the hope of curtailing the perpetuation of their ridiculous ignorance that shames all discerning Ghanaians.

The submissions, acceptances and rejections to make by Tsatsu Tsikata at the cross-examination of Dr Bawumia will carry a weight not heavier than an A4 Size normal sheet, or if not weightless. Why do I say this, you may ask?

The case principally hinges on the Electoral Commission that organised the elections and made declarations of results as per her rules. President Mahama comes in because he has accepted a stolen election verdict declared in his favour. This goes to tell that if the Electoral Commission is found to have committed statutory electoral violations able to impact the final results of presidential Election 2012, then President Mahama will suffer consequently. This is regardless of what Tony Lithur and Tsatsu Tsikata will do, ask or say.

Therefore, any efforts made by Tsatsu Tsikata, pulling up his sleeves, flexing his muscles, for a showdown with Dr Bawumia is all vanity. Once the Counsel for the Electoral Commission, Lawyer Quarshie-Idun, is floored, sprawling on the carpet as it's obvious, any attempts by Tony Lithur and Tsatsu Tsikata, alias "Mr Quote Quote Quote Quote, o Quote na o Quote, Real Quote" to salvage the situation will not hold any water.

The case centres primarily on the Electoral Commission. It is the Commission that supposedly by omission or commission, either inadvertently or otherwise, caused the electoral blunders that constitute statutory violations now in contention.

What will Tsatsu Tsikata do to reverse any acceptance of statutory violations by the Electoral Commission? Not much, if not absolutely nothing. Those counting on him to perform magic to reverse the fortunes of Nana Akufo Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey in the case will live to bite, but not lick, their fingers.

If the NDC, President Mahama and the Electoral Commission knew Tsatsu Quote Quote was the best Counsel, they should have nominated him to be the Lead Counsel for the Electoral Commission but not for the NDC. The NDC should not have been allowed by the Supreme Court judges to be joinders to the suit. Their presence in the case is as irrelevant as they are clueless on the law. The Electoral Commission is the sole pivot on which the petition revolves when it comes to the respondents. Once she gets knocked down, her defeat will have a resounding ripple effect on not only the Counsel for President Mahama but also, that for the clueless NDC.

What has Tsatsu Tsikata to quote in this case to support his arguments or cross-examinations of the petitioners and their principal witnesses? Utterly nothing! I should not be wasting time explaining myself in detail but for the sake of educating the NDC faithful, who are mostly ignorant of court cases and procedures, I will go a step further to elaborate on my statement just made about Tsatsu Tsikata, a.k.a Mr. Quote Quote.

You quote from the Constitution or from an established precedent, that is, a documented verdict, either favourably or unfavourably pronounced sometime ago on a case similar to that pending in the court of which the prosecution or the defence counsel wants to win, or the prosecution counsel expects the defendant to lose. In this electoral fraud case, what has Tsatsu to quote to buttress his contention that even though some people were not biometrically verified in exclusion of those specifically stated on the electoral register (those with trauma and disability - lepers); such instances of violations are still acceptable? Is there any Constitutional clause or a precedent to quote to support this, either as pertaining, or having previously happened, in Ghana, or elsewhere in the world, and was accepted?

What has Mr. Qoute Quote to quote to prove his point that even though there were instances of over voting, a clear contravention of Constitutional clauses as enshrined in the Constitutional Instruments on election 2012, CI 74 & CI 75, such violations are acceptable due to a documented precedent or a contravening Constitutional clause?

Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata, I must emphasise, has nothing to quote so Ama Benyiwa Doe and her bunch or multitude of clueless NDC supporters should cease living in a cuckoo land.

Defeat is staring the Electoral Commission in the face with the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, trembling like a leaf come under an intense Harmattan wind.

I have educated the NDC for free today. I should be charging them for this counsel but for the sake of preventing our White contemporaries from seeing all Ghanaians as disgraceful ignoramuses by the ignorant acts in exhibition by the NDC, I have given the advice for free. I really love to uplift them from the abyss of their overwhelming ignorance. It is about time they grew up to stop shaming the entirety of Ghanaians by their total ignorance, lawlessness and corruption.

Rockson Adofo