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Opinions of Monday, 17 June 2013

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Do Little-minded Persons Understand the Supreme Court

Proceedings on Election 2012?

Reading the comments passed on articles, and articles published by some seeming “educated illiterates”, one has just to wonder if many a person passing those comments does understand the ongoing court proceedings.

Some people, possibly out of, infatuation for their party, inextricably partisan, or sheer stupidity, do comment, and recommend that the Election 2012 case pending before the Supreme Court had better be thrown out for lack of substance. I doubt the intelligence of such ignoramuses who are depicting their little-mindedness, intellectual deficiencies, on legal issues and proceedings for all to see and read.

What do such persons this write-up is directed at make of the inconsistencies, fumbling for answers and the pure lies and fabrications glaringly in exhibition by both Johnson Asiedu Nketiah and Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan? Do they appreciate the seriousness and implications of such exhibited attitudes by chief-witnesses in court matters or proceedings? What do they make of the collusion by the three counsels of the respondents to continually object to not to have received this pink sheet or that? Are they not intelligent enough to detect from one’s actions, attitudes and body language when the person is lying? Should the counsel for the Electoral Commission (Quarshie-Idun) especially, not remove himself from those for President Mahama (Tony Lithur) and the NDC (Tsatsu Tsikata)?

While Johnson Asiedu Nketiah is the principal witness for the 1st and 3rd respondents (President Mahama & the NDC) in the case, Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan is the witness -in-chief for the 2nd respondent (the Electoral Commission). Any sensible person, except those stuck in obnoxious partisan ignorance and stupidity, would understand the abysmal performance put up by the two mentioned persons in attempts to obstruct the revelation of the full scale of the malpractices that took place in election 2012, during their cross-examinations.

What at all is the purpose of cross-examination, one may ask? "Cross-examination is to ask for clarification, to expose weaknesses in the argument or evidence, to discredit the witness, or to elicit facts favourable to the party the cross-examiner is representing. Indeed, cross-examination is arguably the essential, if not sole, purpose of a criminal trial".

Has Counsel Addison not been able to, or on course to, achieve his target in relation to cross-examining both mentioned respondents’ witnesses? If those passing comments and writing in favour of the respondents, asking the court to throw out the petitioners ‘ case for lack of evidence cannot see, hear, all that is going on, then tough for them. Those that are wise, associate with White and intelligent legal luminaries, understand and appreciate the seriousness of the court proceedings on election violations occurred in Election 2012.

The blatant lies being told by both Johnson Asiedu Nketiah and Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan coupled with the evidential pink sheets to the contrary; the respondents are in a strait jacket.

I pray those without a shred of legal understanding would be very mindful when passing comments on legal issues. They should not by their ignorance emanating from blind partisanship seek to tarnish the reputation of all Ghanaians as being intellectually legally little-minds. We are all not as weak-minded as they are so please do not let absurd infatuation for this party or that party make us all look fools in the eyes of all those watching us from the four corners of the world.

The court proceedings are being telecast live; we should take note of that. Therefore, we should try to keep our lies and ignorance on the matter to ourselves rather than to ridicule ourselves through media exposure.