A leading member of President Akufo Addo’s legal team, Lawyer Frank Davis has scorned the lead counsel for John Dramani Mahama; Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata and his entire team for frustrating proceedings on the petition filed by themselves at the Supreme Court. According to Lawyer Frank Davis, the lead counsel of the petitioner [Tsatsu Tsikata] and his team are not ready to make progress with the case, citing the continued and repeated complaints about how the matter ought to be approached in the court.
Frank Davis after today’s pre-trial hearing told the press that lead counsel is being overly ‘repugnant’ to the provisions and rules set by the apex court to deal with the petition. He noted that Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata has on counts insisted the court abandon the Supreme Court (Amendment) (No.2) Rules, 2016 (C.I. 99) for C.I 74, a ploy Mr. Davis finds to be of no legal basis and consequence.
He noted that Tsatsu Tsikata is always finding issues to blame the court for their own failures.
“They are just not ready. He should tell all of you. Every single day, lead counsel has one complaint or the other. You cannot blame the failure of a bad farm on your tools of implementation. Your farm is your farm and it depends on how you cultivate it,” he contended.
Mr. Davis disclosed that arguments raised by the lead counsel for ex-president Mahama that the court is sacrificing speed for justice are ill-conceived. He noted that the basis for which the court would determine the outcome of the petition lies within the documented C.I 99 which was drafted in 2016 out of the lessons of the 2012 election petition.
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He finds it strange for a seasoned lawyer in the person of Tsatsu Tikata would be ‘ignorant’ of such a legal provision.
“I don’t understand what that submission is supposed to mean. They always are the first to make those submissions. But that submission has no place in law. As petitioners, they should have known that C.I 99 governs these proceedings and C.I 99 has been in place since 2016 when did they realize the expedition, delay, and justice? Of course, the expedition is justice.”
Mr. Davis avers the conduct of Mr. Tsikata and the NDC lawyers tells of a deliberate attempt to circumvent and obviate the rules of the court.
“You don’t come to court with our set of rules and you want to circumvent and obviate the rules by your own careless abandoning. How do you come to court with a petition that you don’t know how to file a witness statement? That you don’t know how to settle a memorandum of issues? I don’t understand what is meant by sacrificing justice on the altar of expedition. Justice delayed is justice denied. So what is it.”
The court has adjourned its sitting for tomorrow.
All these are arising from a petition filed by ex-president John Dramani Mahama to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential results. The Electoral Commission and the President, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo are the first and second respondents, respectively to the petition.