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Asiedu Nketiah throws out wild allegation at Supreme Court!

The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has in his witness statement filed at the Supreme Court stated what he believes is the underlining factor why the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa is biased towards the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

There is the widespread belief within the NDC that Mrs. Mensa is a blood relation of the First Lady, Mr. Rebecca Akufo Addo; and Aseidu Nketiah’s statement only goes to confirm that unconfirmed assertion.

In his witness statement, Aseidu Nketia alluded to the fact that because of her blood familiarity with Mrs. Rebecca Akufo Addo, the EC Chairperson carried a prejudiced bias against the NDC in the course of the 2020 elections.

He quoted the relevant section of the constitution that required impartiality of an Electoral Commissioner to support his prejudice and biased allegations against the EC chairperson, who is also the 1st Respondent in the election petition case.

“The Chairperson of the 1st Respondent and the 1st Respondent are also not required under Article 296 of the Constitution to be biased either by resentment, prejudice or personal dislike” in exercising any discretionary power, but they are required to exercise such powers “in accordance with due process of law”, Aseidu Nketiah noted in his statement.

The NDC General Secretary continued: “The Chairperson of 1st Respondent, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa allowed herself to be biased by her prejudice in favour of 2nd Respondent, who appointed her in August, 2018 and with whose wife, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa has a close familial relationship… Mrs. Mensa was thus, at all material times in the conduct of her responsibilities, biased by prejudice in favour of the 2nd Respondent and against the Petitioner”.

Parties in the petition case were given a grace deadline of 27th January to file their petitions at the Registry of the Supreme Court and all duly complied before the end of the Wednesday, the 27th day of January.

Cross examining of the star witnesses in the case will begin after the seven-member panel of judges presiding over the petition case have thoroughly read through the witness statements.

The witness statements together with other findings made by the Petitioner will help in establishing a prima facie case or otherwise against the 1st Respondent, in this case the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission and the Electoral Commissioner.

The Petitioner failed to file his witness statement on an earlier date given by the Supreme Court. This necessitated a harsh rebuke and the possibility of the petition being thrown out as stated by Chief Justice Anin Yeboah, the presiding panel judge on Tuesday January 26th 2021.

The other witness to file a statement on behalf of the Petitioner, was Dr. Kpessah White, a member of NDC’s Research Team.

Aseidu Nketiah’s witness statement, many have argued, borders on professional competence as against mere allegations. Some NDC folks have since the appointment of Mrs. Mensa been making allegations that Mrs. Mensa was brought to the job by the wife of the President.

Although this has remained a mere rumour, the decision by Aseidu Nketiah to tender in such allegation in his witness statement is clearly changing the dynamics.

It’s even romoured that Mrs. Mensa’s, birth surname is Gershon, meaning her father is Gershon. The said Gershon name, is said to be related to Griffith Reindolf, another indigenous Osu name; and the birth surname of Mrs. Rebecca Akufo Addo. Mrs. Akufo Addo is the daughter of Mr. Justice Griffith Reindolf, the Speaker of Ghana’s 3rd Republican Parliament.

Therefore, the Gershons and the Griffith Reindolfs are related by blood, such NDC adherents argue. Asiedu Nketiah would therefore, be required to prove whether he is also not relying on such peddled rumours or that he has substantial prove that the families of the two ladies are indeed related.

Granted without even admitting that is the case, General Mosquito would have to prove beyond all reasonable doubt at the Supreme Court that Mrs. Mensa’s relationship with the First Lady affected the professional conduct and judgement of Mrs. Mensa in organizing the 2020 General Elections.

The NDC General Secretary would also have to prove his allegation that Mrs. Mensa allowed herself to be biased by her prejudice in favour of the sitting President in the elections

Source: Opera News


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