Akoto Ampaw, the lead lawyer for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, second respondent in the ongoing election petition case, has asked the Supreme Court to delete portions of the witness statement filed for Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress.
According to Akoto Ampaw, about ten paragraphs in Asiedu Nketia’s statement should be expunged because they are “not based on the pleadings of the petitioner, unduly prejudicial and scandalous”.
The paragraphs in question are 6, 7, 21, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 33 and 37.
“They are not based on the pleadings, unduly prejudicial, scandalous and accordingly, we would pray that parts of those paragraphs be struck out,” Mr. Akoto Ampaw pleaded with the justices of the Supreme Court.
Lawyer for the Election Commission also endorsed the pleadings of Mr. Ampaw.
Tsatsu Tsikata, lead lawyer for John Dramani Mahama, the petitioner, however, insisted that every paragraph in Asiedu Nketia’s statement is “material” to their case.