Tsatsu has succeeded in damaging Bawumia – Ato Dadzie asserts

Tsatsu has succeeded in damaging Bawumia – Ato Dadzie asserts

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia (l) felt Mr Tsikata was shouting at him during the cross-examination

The spokesperson for the NDC legal team trying to discredit the election petition filed by three leaders of the NPP is confident Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, a key witness in the case, will suffer serious damage in the face of the case they are pursing in court.

Nana Ato Dadzie told the state broadcaster GTV, that Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, the counsel for the third respondent, has been making headway in his cross-examination, and has been successful in punching holes in the evidence presented by the three petitioners in the ongoing case being heard by the Supreme Court.

“It is quite clear that Tsatsu Tsikata has done a lot of body damage; in fact demolish the evidence of Dr Bawumia in various substantial ways,” Nana Ato Dadzie assessed Tuesday’s proceedings.

He said so far Dr Bawumia has “shown clearly that allegations that they are making cannot be supported by even their own materials”.

He cited the issue of duplicated documents, which Dr Bawumia admitted that they were mistakes but assured they were not used in his analysis. Nana Ato Dadzie also mentioned instances where the affidavits submitted by the petitioners did not have the signature of the appropriate Commissioner of Oath.

In all, the witness “backpedaled and made major, major admission”, he asserted.

He also touched on an allegation made by the NPP immediately after the two-day voting in 2012 election has ended that the Electoral Commission had contracted a foreign company to receive and transmit the election results electronically to the EC strong room. The allegation was flatly denied by the EC.

However, when Mr Tsikata raised the issue for cross-examination, the counsel for the petitioners, Philip Addison, objected to it arguing that the issue was abandoned in their amended petition.

But Nana Ato Dadzie believes the admission “was a very sad one”, which to him was belated because people were “assaulted” when the allegation were initially made in 2012.

Meanwhile, a member of the petitioners legal team, Gloria Akuffo when asked how the case was going for her team said “we are comfortable they way it is going”.

Although the petitioners are “on solid ground”, she said, “I am not able to evaluate the evidence…all that is for the court to do in the process of delivering judgement”.