Mahama Ordered Again To File Witness Statements

The Supreme Court has once again ordered former President John Dramani Mahama to file his witness statements in his case challenging the 2020 Presidential election.

The court had at the last sitting on January 20, ordered the former President to file his statement by close of January 21 as well his response to legal arguments to preliminary objections raised by the respondents urging the court to dismiss the petition for disclosing no reasonable cause of action.

Mr. Mahama however, failed to comply with the orders of the court and instead went ahead to file multiple applications, including one seeking to amend the main statement of case of the petition as well adding additional grounds to an application for review.

His lawyers also filed an application for stay of proceedings pending the determination of the review application.

The court did not take kindly to the total disregard for its orders when the case was called today.
The panel of seven after rising for a moment came back to order Mr. Mahama to file his witness statements and response the the legal arguments of the respondents to the preliminary objection by close of Wednesday January 2021.

Failure by Mr. Mahama to comply with the order, the court said would attract sanctions which include punitive fines or striking out the petition.

BY Gibril Abdul Razak

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