We’ve noticed inconsistencies in Bawumia’s evidence, NDC’s Amaliba says

A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abraham Amaliba, has laughed off evidence presented by Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in court, saying they have noticed half-truths in what he presented on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Mr Amaliba, thus, observed Ghanaians will get to know that the star witness and second petitioner in the landmark election 2012 petition was not telling the truth.

Dr Bawumia mounted the witness’ box on Wednesday to deliver evidence over the alleged violations, omissions, malpractices and irregularities during the December 7/8 Elections.

Speaking on TV3’s News@10 on Wednesday, Mr Amaliba, who is also a legal practitioner, said: “We have noticed some inconsistencies in his evidence.”

“We shall cross-examine him so that he will look in the Ghanaian eyes as one who is not saying the truth,” he added.

He talked down the praise members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have heaped on their vice presidential candidate during the elections, stressing “he did what they wanted him to do”.

“They don’t know what is up our sleeves,” he said.

He mentioned the NPP will realize they are jumping the gun if “Bawumia is not able to answer simple questions in the cross-examination”.



Bernard Mornah’s CI 74 challenge may impact on NPP petition – Amaliba

Member of the legal team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Abraham Amaliba says the legal challenge of Bernard Mornah, General Secretary of the People’s National Convention (PNC), of some portions of the Constitutional Instrument (CI) 74 could have an impact on the petition filed by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey challenging the Electoral Commission’s declaration of John Dramani Mahama as winner of the 2012 Presidential Polls.

“There is no doubt that the relief he is seeking – that is challenging some portions of the CI 74 – will have an impact on this substantive decision,” Abraham Amaliba said in an interview on TV3 on Wednesday.

He, however, disclosed that the NDC is currently focused on response to file after being joined to Nana Addo et al’s petition on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

“But we are not there yet,” he noted.

“For now we are concentrating on our answer and the petition before the Supreme Court,” he indicated.

He praised the Supreme Court’s decision to allow NDC to be respondents in the December 28 Petition saying it is victory for democracy and rule of law in the country.

“It’s victory for our democratic process,” he said.

“The ruling for the first time made political parties to be part of an election petition. Hitherto, we were not sure whether political parties could be part of an election dispute. But Tuesday’s ruling gave an emphatic statement that political parties can be part of an election dispute as respondents.”

He, however, urged the petitioners to be swift in serving respondents with the amended petition so that hearing can start on January 29, 2013, as announced by Justice William Atuguba, presiding judge to the joinder application.

“It is in the interest of the petitioners, for the fact that they want this matter to be adjudicated expeditiously, to put together the amended petition and forward it to us. I think by close of day, we should have it and that will us the opportunity to also file our answer by early next week.”