Philip Addison the leader of the New Patriotic Party NPP legal team Philip Addison: Mahama?s 4,800 witnesses call is intimidating

Philip Addison

Philip Addison, the leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) legal team, has described President Mahama?s decision to call 4,800 witnesses to testify on his behalf in the petition seeking to annul the outcome of the December 7 polls as intimidating.

Mr. Addison called on the Supreme Court to dismiss the application filed by President Mahama, arguing that it is not a part of the legal procedure of petitioning in court.

President John Mahama, in a response to a petition by three personalities of the NPP challenging his victory in the presidential election, indicated his intention to call 4,800 witnesses to bolster his case.

In the response filed at the Supreme Court on Saturday, President Mahama accused those contesting his election, NPP presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, vice presidential candidate Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, and party chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, of ?seeking to subvert the Constitution and undermine the sovereign will of the people of Ghana by demanding from the Honourable Court an order annulling the results of the exercise of their fundamental rights under the Constitution.?

The president added that he ?shall require from the petitioners particulars of the polling stations, constituencies and regions where pink sheets from different polling stations allegedly had the same serial numbers and the votes allegedly affected in each case.?

He further described the petition by the NPP members as a brazen attempt to find excuses for losing the 2012 presidential election.

However, delivering his statement in court on Wednesday January 16, Philip Addison stated that, ?under the rules of part 8 of the rules governing petitions in the law court, it is even intimidating for the first respondent to come out to say he has 4,800 witnesses.

?The application, if accepted, will further muddy the waters hence it should be dismissed.?

Source XYZ News Ghana

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