Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General Ayikoi Otoo has blamed the seemingly winding election petition on the ignorance of the Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) with regard to pink sheets.
“For me, the problem I see that the EC and the NDC are faced with is that they have never faced the issue of pink sheets,” Ayikoi Otoo said on TV3’s weekend anaylisis show Headlines on Saturday.
“All they know is collation center and the strong room,” he added.
He argues that the EC and the NDC were caught off-guarded regarding the presentation of pink sheets as evidence in the election petition.
That is why they are finding it difficult filing a defence, he implied.
The 2008 Member of Parliament-aspirant for Krowor noted that trial would have been more expeditious if the EC had known more about pink sheets.
Greater Accra Region Chairman of the NDC Joseph Ade Coker, however, disagreed with Mr Otoo, saying that trial would proceed faster than it currently is if the first petitioner, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is dragged into the witness box, since he wants to be the president, he says.
He pointed out that the NDC government has come to stay and so the earlier NPP supporters re-orient themselves the better.
“If you talk about wanting to see Nana in the witness box, you are wasting your time,” Mr Otoo retorted.
“Deal with the guru!” he stressed referring to the petitioners’ witness-in-chief, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
He contended that Dr Bawumia’s background as a statistician gives him an upper hand in analyzing the pink sheets of the elections.
Mr Otoo also stated that the dispute over the election results would be over if the president, John Dramani Mahama, appears in court rather than hiding behind the executive powers vested in the Attorney General.