Tsatsu Apologizes To Jean Mensa
The Lead Counsel for the petitioner in the ongoing election petition hearing, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata on Monday, February 15, apologized to the Chairperson of the 1st Respondent in the case, Jean Adukwei Mensa for saying in court that she sunk low.
Making a case for their move to subpoena the EC to testify, Mr. Tsikata said in court that, “To talk about grievances of being served in terms of the evidence outlined.
“For the chairperson to descend into such triviality which was brought on by cross-examination of her own counsel that shows the depth to which she has sunk.”
It was at this point that Chief Justice Anin Yeboah disclosed that, “Mr. Tsikata drafted the affidavit in correspondent to the applications filed by the petitioner for review
Another Justice of the Court also said “Beyond that I would advise that you withdraw”.
Following this, Mr. Tsikata said “I withdraw the statement about the depth to which I tagged the EC to be sunk. I apologize that I used unduly strong language and I apologize to the chairperson of the 1st respondent”
Mr. Tsikata told the Supreme Court that he closed the petitioner’s case because he thought the Chairperson of the 1st Respondent, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa will make herself available for cross-examination.
He said that the affidavit of the 1st Respondent indicated that, she will testify in the case hence, their earlier decision to close their case for that to happen.
“We had the expectation that the chairperson of the 1st Respondent will testify” hence by the closure of the case.
“The Chairperson of the 1st Respondent has in an affidavit which made it clear that, the petitioner will in no way be prejudiced because the questions that the petitioner sought to have in interrogatories will be subject matter in cross-examination,” Mr. Tsikata told the court.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Adukwei Mensa has sworn an affidavit, praying the Supreme Court to dismiss a fresh application filed by the petitioner in the election petition.
According to Mrs. Mensa, the application is not warranted by any rule of law or procedure and the same should be dismissed by this Honourable Court”.
She indicated that, Mr. Mahama’s application is “creating the erroneous impression that this application is made at my behest”.
The Chair of the Commission explained that, at no time had she informed the petitioner nor his lawyers of her desire to testify in the case.
Lawyers of Mr. Mahama on Thursday, February 11 declared their intention to re-open the case in order to subpoena Mrs. Mensa as the Returning Officer of last year’s presidential elections to testify.
It followed the unanimous dismissal of an earlier application to force witnesses of both respondents – EC and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo – to appear in the witness box.
The respondents had closed their case by voting not to present their witnesses in court.
But the petitioner filed the application to get the Chair of the EC, in particular, to make an appearance in the interest of the public.
In her affidavit, calling for the dismissal of the petitioner’s application, Mrs. Mensa stated: “I believe that there are more convenient forums for ventilating the so-called public interest