Tsatsu suffers collateral damage as ploy to destroy Bawumia’s credibility backfires – NPP

After seven (7) days of cross examination of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia by Counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Tsatsu Tsikata, in the ongoing Presidential Election Petition hearings, what has become apparent is the failure of the Counsel to damage the credibility of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, but rather the unintended damage suffered by Tsatsu to his own image in various incidents which have gone a considerable way to also weaken the case of the respondents.

It became very obvious from the cross examination of Tony Lithur, Counsel for John Mahama, earlier in the trial that the key strategy was to dent the image and credibility of the petitioners, particularly Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia who led the team that uncovered the irregularities that affected the conduct and outcome of the December 7th Presidential Elections.

With Counsel Tony Lithur obviously failing to achieve this goal after almost four days of cross examination, the onus fell squarely on Tsatsu Tsikata to accomplish the mission of destroying the image of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as well as Nana Akufo-Addo, 1st Petitioner in the case, and in extension destroy the case of the petitioners.

For the past seven days, the preoccupation of Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata in his cross examination of the witness has been impugning the credibility of Dr. Bawumia time and again and even after valid objections on the choice of language by the Counsel from both lawyers of the petitioners and the nine member panel adjudging the case.

However, after brazen attempts, what has also become obvious so far is that Tsatsu Tsikata, as well failing in his legal task of destroying the case of the petitioners, has rather become the biggest casualty in the trial as a result of various incidents which have placed on him a tag of notoriety which he would have rather avoided.

The first major slur on Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata’s image occurred on the 1st day of his cross examination when he had to receive key lessons from the witness on the electoral processes after he suggested that the Form 1C used in the elections was for disabled voters only, in his attempt to justify the incidents of voting without biometric verification. This was quickly disproved by the witness who showed that indeed every voter was issued with a Form 1C.

Subsequently, the witness also educated the Counsel on the fact that even disabled voters were verified by the Biometric Verification device by face only as had been indicated by the Electoral Commission prior to the elections and that the argument that those who voted without being verified by the device were the disabled was untenable.

These early body shots painted a picture of a counsel who was ill-informed on the processes and the issues around the case itself.

The next major slur on the Counsel’s image was to occur on the 2nd day when in apparent attempt to tear down the petitioner’s categorization of twenty-two (22) polling stations as unknown, introduced some letters which he claimed were signed by Nana Akufo-Addo, the Presidential Candidate for the NPP in the 2012 Elections, authorizing some agents to represent him at those polling stations.

However, when the letters were scrutinized by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia it turned out that the letters which supposedly were dated between the 5th and 7th of December (Election Day) were however stamped to have been received on the 3rd of December, three to four clear days before they were supposedly written.

These strange features of the letters led to Dr. Bawumia questioning them and calling for their originals to be tended, a challenge which till date remains unaccepted as Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata quickly moved away from questioning on the letters and has since not returned to them.

Another landmark event in the trial so far occurred when contrary to all the ethics of the legal profession and good behaviour, Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata in open court vented his frustration on lead Counsel for the petitioners, Philip Addison who had tried to raise an objection. The NDC Lawyer in open defiance of established court room practice and disregard for the eminent justices angrily told the lawyer for the petitioners to shut up, a language which has since attracted condemnation from many lawyers and large sections of the society. Till date, Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata has refused to apologize sending a clear message of disregard for all involved in the case.

Another key moment of disgrace for Tsatsu occurred on the 7th day of his cross examination when he made a bold declaration to the court that on the face of the affidavit deposed to by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the polling stations in contention could not be up to 11,842 as the petitioners had claimed in their affidavit. The Counsel then applied to the Court for a quick calculation to be done on the numbers on the face of the affidavit to prove the case he had made consistently that the petitioners were arithmetically challenged.

Three Justices of the court all took up the challenge and calculated for themselves the numbers in the affidavit and in a matter of minutes confirmed the position of the petitioners that there were 11,842 polling stations in contention for which pink sheets were submitted as exhibits to the court. This really exposed the NDCs Counsel as the one who was arithmetically challenged.

Generally, the 7 day cross examination of the witness has demystified what had almost become the legend of Tsatsu Tsikata who for a long while had been held as a legal genius and colossus who perhaps had no equal.

Instead of delivering fireworks to collapse the case of the petitioners, what Tsatsu Tsikata has done is to, more or less, duplicate the cross examination of Counsel Tony Lithur whose cross examination had been graded as a disappointing show even for NDC faithful and as a result of which all hope was thrust on Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata to save the presidency of John Mahama.

Source: NPP Communications Directorate


NDP calls on mothers to speak against spousal and child abuse

The National Democratic Party (NDP) has charged mothers to be outspoken on treatments that tend to trample on their rights.

In a statement issued to wish mothers well on Mothers’ Day, NDP asked mothers to condemn openly spousal and child abuse.

“We are calling on mothers to stand together with courage and speak with one voice against spousal and child abuse,” it said.

“We also urge mothers to be attentive to their children in order to protect them from any form of abuse; and to encourage the educational and social development of their children,” it added.

NDP noted that “mothers of Ghana have played a significant role in the socio-economic development of our country. Be it on the farms; in the boardrooms; in the markets or in the home, mothers continue to impact our communities positively, sometimes to the complete disregard of their own interest”.

It therefore pointed out that mothers are role models “not by choice, but by a social responsibility in ensuring the sustainability of our communities and our nation as a whole”.

The Party paid glowing tributes to mothers.

“[NDP] salutes Ghanaian mothers for the contribution and sacrifices they make towards the sustainability of the family unit and the preservation of our cultural norms; and towards the development of our nation”.




Tsatsu may continue cross-examination “till thy kingdom come” – lawyer

President of the Legal Advocacy Foundation Dr Maurice Ampaw has commended parties embroiled  in the Supreme Court’s hearing on the landmark suit disputing results of the 2012 presidential polls.

He says all parties have comported themselves well so far though he singled out the panel, saying they have done exceptionally well.

Speaking on TV3’s Midday Live on Friday, May 10, 2013, Dr Ampaw mentioned that he does not see any end in sight regarding the cross-examination of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the principal witness of the petitioners, by Tsatsu Tsikata, lead counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“He will continue till thy kingdom come,” Dr Ampaw said.

He explained that the auditing of the pink sheets as directed by the Court is an auxiliary case to the petition and such trend may continue throughout Mr Tsikata’s cross-examination.

Already, Mr Tsikata’s cross-examination has taken seven days.



CPP’s Yahaya to lobby for investments for Kumbungu

Newly-elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kumbungu Constituency Moses Amadu Yahaya admits that lobbying is his strength and he will capitalize on that to draw more investors into the constituency.

“I have been lobbying for many years so I don’t think it will be a problem for me,” the Convention People’s Party (CPP) MP told our correspondent in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

Talking about his victory, Mr Yahaya noted that it came as a shock to everybody since little chance was given to a candidate of the CPP.

“It has been a great victory and everyone is pleased about that. It has shocked the whole world because no one gave us a dog’s chance to annex this seat,” he told Edward Kwabi.

He observed that he will fight to get boreholes drilled for communities in the constituency.

“Then [I will ensure] construction of schools and then provision of potable water to the communities especially pipe-borne water,” he said.

“But what I will do is continue the work I am doing and adding more vim to this work,” he added.

He also promised not to let going into Parliament late affect his commitment to work for constituents.

“You will be surprised that at the end of my tenure in the next three years you will see what Moses has done in Kumbungu.”

Mr Yahaya polled 13,029 votes to beat closest contender Alhaji Imoro Yakubu Kakpagu in a by-election held April 30, 2013.



First Lady meets NDC Women Organisers in Wa

First Lady Mrs. Lordina Dramani Mahama is in Wa to launch the 22nd International Day of the Midwife. The ceremony will take place at the Jubilee Park on Thursday.

Shortly after arriving in Wa on Wednesday, Mrs. Mahama met with  the regional and constituency women organisers of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) from the Upper East and West Regions. She congratulated them  for their loyalty, hard work and contribution to the resounding votes garnered by the party and President John Mahama in the two regions.

The NDC won all but one parliamentary seat in Upper West and all but two seats in the Upper East Region. The First Lady assured the women that she would play a key role in the development of women in the country, noting that “your problems are my problems and I would not forget you.”

Minister for Health, Sherry Ayittey, advised the women to take an interest in the upcoming District Assembly elections and take bold steps to contest for seats.

The regional and constituency women organisers described the First Lady’s visit and interaction as unique. They appealed to her to support women in the three northern regions where majority fall below the poverty line.


Source: Office of the President


Tsatsu shot down, according to NPP

Day 13 of the Presidential Election Petition hearings, like recent few days, turned out to be a very difficult day for Counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), 3rd Respondents in the case, Tsatsu Tsikata as he faced numerous challenges from the nine member panel sitting on the Supreme Court case as well as Counsel for the petitioners on how he was conducting his cross examination of the main witness of the petitioners, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.

The day started with an obviously confused Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata trying to continue on the line of cross examination on “new” pink sheets which were not part of the petitioners’ case as he seemed not to have understood the ruling given by the Justices on Tuesday.

Lawyer Tsikata was quickly hustled out of that line of cross examination despite obvious misgivings by the NDC lawyer. Justice Atuguba, Presiding Judge reminded Counsel Tsikata that the court had clearly ruled on it and that the witness could not be asked questions on pink sheets he did not know about.

Later on in the trial Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata despite the clear ruling of the justices decided to introduce another new pink sheet which he suggested related to voting without biometric verification but here again, the NDC lawyer was put in order after an objection raised by Counsel for the petitioners, Philip Addison who reminded the judges that the Counsel for the 3rd Respondents was seeking to do the same thing the court had directed him not to do.

Justice Atuguba once again reminded Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata that what he was seeking to do had already been ruled on and that he should wait and direct such questions to his witnesses when they appear. Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata tried to suggest that what he had tried to do with the earlier new pink sheet was in relation to over voting but Justice Atuguba noted that the Judges had understood that attempt to be an attempt to suggest that there were other areas where there were other irregularities and not only over voting and as such the ruling covered all such attempts.

Counsel Tsikata then sought to inquire from the witness if he thought all such polling stations where irregularities were evident on the face of the pink sheets should be annulled but the Justice Atuguba reminded him that he had already asked the question and had received a response from the witness.

At this point, Justice Atuguba not only urged Tsatsu Tsikata not to continue his repetitive questioning but also went ahead to describe the cross examination of Tsatsu Tsikata as becoming ‘desultory’, meaning lacking focus, purpose and plan.

But the biggest talking point of the day came when Tsatsu Tsikata tried to suggest that the petitioners had not been honest with their analysis.

Counsel for the Petitioners, Philip Addison quickly rose to object and called the attention of the judges to the continuous use of derogatory and unsavory words and comments by the NDC counsel. He wondered why Lawyer Tsikata could not make his arguments without resort to unsavory words.

“It’s quite surprising coming from him (Tsatsu Tsikata) talking about honesty, really. Coming from him is quite rich. He keeps playing to the gallery and we have warned that we can also use such words” Philip Addison added.

The comments of Counsel Philip Addison clearly unsettled Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata who could only try to use the Evidence Decree to justify his use of the various words for which Counsel Addison had complained. But once again Justice Atuguba redirected him saying Counsel, “honestly I find it difficult to understand the battle you are seeking to fight”

Source: NPP Communications Directorate


2012 Election results must stay as they are, says Nana Ato Dadzie

Nana Ato Dadzie, a member of the legal team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has maintained that results declared by the Electoral Commission (EC) on Sunday, December 9, 2012 were a true reflection of the voting that took place the two previous days.

He said if there were administrative and clerical errors as alleged by the New Patriotic Party (NPP), it is across the board and so  results in NPP’s strongholds could even be affected.

Nana Ato Dadzie was addressing journalists after thirteenth day of hearing of the petition filed by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey.

They are seeking the annulment of some of the results of the elections.

“We have never claimed that the elections were flawed,” Nana Ato Dadzie stressed, adding it is the NPP that have not been satisfied with results of the elections.

He stated therefore that if what the NPP is claiming to be irregularities, violations and omissions are the administrative errors, then the NDC will “defend every polling station and so nobody should push us into a race.”


Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the petitioners’s counsel, Gloria Akuffo, has accused lead counsel of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of seeking to ambush the Court.

She stressed that the ruling on Tuesday was to allow Tsatsu Tsikata to use some pink sheets to establish the fact that overvoting occurred at other polling stations.

However, it is against the original directive by the Supreme Court for parties to cite exhibits that have been captured in the affidavit evidence, Gloria Akuffo said.

According to her, the NDC are trying to drag the suit unnecessarily.

Hearing is scheduled to continue on Thursday, May 9, 2013.



Kantamanto traders meet Akufo-Addo

The leadership of the Kantamanto Market Joint Traders Association in the Greater Accra Region on Tuesday called on the 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to brief him on the state of the Kantamanto market which was gutted by fire last Sunday.

According to them, they were informed on Monday that Nana Addo had decided to visit the market to commiserate with them, but could not do so, largely because of the standoff that ensued between the traders and the Police on that day.

Nana Addo was informed by the traders that although the market space belongs to Ghana Railways Authority, they have signed a GH¢150,000 ‘rent agreement’ with the management of Ghana Railways Authority, spanning a 50-year period.

Citing portions of the agreement, the traders stated that it was agreed between both parties that “if shops are destroyed we have to put them up on our own”.

They stated categorically that they would resist any effort by government to take over the area since their agreement had not elapsed.

Although, they had a meeting with the Greater Accra Regional Minister, the leaders stressed that no official from National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) have visited them yet.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a short address to the traders expressed his deepest condolences to the victims.

He went on to entreat the relevant authorities to put in place necessary measures to forestall the reoccurrence of such disasters.

He bemoaned what appeared to be a high frequency of fire outbreaks occurring in markets across the country in recent times and called for immediate steps to arrest the problem.

Some other party officials present at the meeting included, the National Chairman of NPP, Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, former Majority leader Felix Owusu Agyapong, Mr. Kwame Amoako Tuffuor and Mr. Osafo Maafo.

Source: NPP Communications Directorate


Blame EC for doing a bad job, not us – Bawumia tells Tsatsu

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Wednesday told Lawyer for 3rd Respondents, Tsatsu Tsikata that since it was the Electoral Commission that produced the pink sheets which detail the various irregularities that occurred at various polling stations, they would be the ones who have to stand accused for doing a bad job.

Dr. Bawumia, main witness of the petitioners in the ongoing Presidential Election Petition case seeking to overturn the declaration of John Mahama as winner of the December Presidential Elections, made these comments while answering to questions from the Counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who has been cross examining the witness for the past six days and is set to continue on Thursday.

Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata had suggested during his cross examination that the petitioners had selected some pink sheets which, in his view, showed over voting as a result of what he termed administrative and mathematical errors as part of their case in court.

However, Dr. Bawumia disagreed and pointed out to Counsel that the justification of the irregularities as errors could not hold because one could not exactly state where on the form or in the electoral process other errors occurred and that it was best for everyone to address himself to the evidence on the face of the pink sheets and avoid going into conjectures on what might have happened or what did not happen.

The lead witness for the petitioners who has been in the witness box for a total of 12days further reminded the counsel for the 3rd Respondents that if anything it is the 2nd Respondent, the Electoral Commission, that would stand accused for supervising an election riddled with irregularities or errors as the Counsel termed it and not the petitioners since it was the EC that produced those pink sheets with irregularities evident on its face.

At another point in the hearing, Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata suggested that the annulments the petitioners were seeking in court would hugely disadvantage John Mahama because the petitioners had deliberately selected polling stations where John Mahama won and were seeking to annul them and that there were more polling stations which had similar irregularities which had not been presented by the petitioners.

To this query, Dr. Bawumia explained that that could not be the case because the 11,842 polling stations the petitioners were seeking to annul were in 272 out of the 275 constituencies and thus no conclusion of selectivity could be made.

He also explained that as had been stated earlier, the petitioners had had access to and analyzed only around 24,000 pink sheets out of the 26,002 polling stations across the country and that that was the reason why the petitioners at the pretrial case requested that the Electoral Commission be made to submit all the 26,002 pink sheets.

He noted that it was possible that if the petitioners had gotten access to all 26,002 polling stations, they would have found more irregularities in more polling stations and indicated that it would be good if the NDC could also bring out new cases of such irregularities in case the party wanted to now become co-petitioners.

In all, Counsel Tsatsu Tsikata as has become trademark used a large part of the day to go through various pink sheets which he claimed did not show over voting.

The witness however justified most of such exhibits and showed to the court why such exhibits pointed to over voting in the various polling stations where they emanated from.

Source: NPP Communications Directorate


I find Tsatsu’s attitude “weird” – Ursula Owusu

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma West Constituency Ursula Owusu says the lead counsel of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the election petition currently being heard at the Supreme Court, Tsatsu Tsikata, has failed to uphold standards of the learned profession.

The former President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ghana said imputing ill-motive to a witness in the witness box smacks of dragging the name of the profession in the mud.

Speaking to our court correspondent on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Ursula Owusu, who was attending session in the Supreme Court only for her second time, stated that Mr Tsatsu Tsikata’s standing as a lawyer does not warrant such attitude.

“He taught me. He is a senior lawyer,” she noted.

“It is a little offensive,” she said of Mr Tsikata’s style of cross-examination.

“For a lawyer of his standing to use such words…it is weird.”

The former Vice President of the Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF) commended Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, noting that: “He has been an exceptional witness”.