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- Friday, 29 August 2014 05:29
Presidential election petition verdict was unfair - Lawyer Addison...
Lead Counsel for the petitioners in last year's election results challenge, Philip Addison, has described the verdict of the nine-member panel, presided over by Justice William Atuguba, as "unfair".
Breaking his year-long media silence on the case on Joy FM's Personality Profile, Addison said he and the other members of petitioners' legal team were so sure of victory in the case, hence felt the verdict was a raw deal when the Court upheld the victory of John Mahama on August 29, 2013.
According to the hitherto, quite unpopular legal face in the NPP, the decision to make him Lead Counsel for the petitioners which was taken by Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo surprised him a lot as he thought there were senior and much more experienced counsels in the party whose names could have come up easily to lead.
Mr. Addison also said throughout the period of the special presidential election petition hearing in 2013, they believed they had a "lot of evidence" to prove that the main opposition candidate, Nana Akuffo-Addo, deserved the victory in the presidential poll.
Today, August 29 is precisely a year since the Supreme Court made pronouncement on the case. The three (3) petitioners, Nana Akuffo-Addo, his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the then party's Chairman, Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, raised issues of irregularities as the singular reason that ruined the otherwise, flawless polls.
For this reason, they sought to seek interpretation of the anomalies which the three (3) hoped would go in their favour, making 'objection' to John Mahama's win, 'sustained'. They ultimately, were pursuing a case of declaration of null and void results and remedy the resultant declaration of Mahama as winner of the polls.
Contrary to the belief of the petitioners, President Mahama, the Electoral Commission and its Chairman who were the Defendants, argued.