The legal team defending President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the Presidential Election Petition filed by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama has announced a five-member team of spokespersons.
The spokespersons which include the former Minister of Information and MP for Ofoase Ayirebi, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah have been designated by the Frank Davies-led legal team to speak to the media about the President's answer to the petition which was filed last Friday.
The remaining spokespersons are the National Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoa, the National Youth Organizer of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye, the Deputy Communications Director, Presidency, Fati Abubakar and NPP Legal Committee Member, Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante.
Answer to petition
In his answer, President Akufo-Addo said the petition lacks substance and was rather a “face-saving” attempt by former President Mahama.
“The instant action is a ruse and face saving gimmick by the petitioner, after the petitioner and many senior members of the NDC party had prematurely claimed outright victory in the election, only to be badly exposed by results of the 1st respondent (EC), corroborated by all media houses of note in the country as well as many independent local and international observers,” President Akufo-Addo argued.
The NDC wants the Supreme Court to annul Akufo-Addo's win. Party leader John Mahama in his petition argued that the declaration of the incumbent as the winner was illegal because no candidate secured the required number of votes to be declared the winner.
He also wants another poll to be conducted between himself and President Akufo-Addo.
Read the entire statement below;
Below is the full press statement from the NPP
PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO FILES RESPONSE TO THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS PETITION
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has through his Lawyers filed an Answer to the 2020 Presidential Elections Petition initiated by Mr. John Dramani Mahama, a candidate in that election.
President Akufo-Addo in his Answer has provided the court with pleadings that showcase that Mr Mahama’s petition lacks material substance. Mr President has further invited the Supreme court to determine that “the petition is incompetent, frivolous and vexatious, does not meet the threshold for invoking the jurisdiction of the Honorable Court and should therefore be dismissed.”
The President’s legal team has designated the following persons to speak to the media.
1. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah Esq – MP, Ofoase Ayirebi
2. Yaw Buaben Asamoa Esq- National Communications Director, NPP
3. Henry Nana Boakye Esq- National Youth Organizer, NPP
4. Fati Abubakar – Deputy Communications Director, Presidency
5. Nana Adjoa Adobea Asante – Legal Committee Member
Frank Davies ESQ
Head, Legal Directorate