Too bad for Mahama, Tsatsu Tsikata didn’t anticipate our strategy – Akoto Ampaw
Akoto Ampaw on Monday, February 15, 2021, told the Supreme Court that had lawyers for John Mahama “thought through fully” the case of the respondents, they would have anticipated they would not call witnesses.
Tsatsu Tsikata, the lead counsel for Mahama in the ongoing 2020 election petition trial informed the court on Thursday, February 12, 2021, that he wished to reopen the former president’s case to subpoena the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Jean Mensa into the witness box for cross-examination.
“If they had thought through fully the case of the respondents, they would have known that this was very likely to happen because right from the beginning of filing our answers, we had served notice to them and the court that we think that they didn’t have any case for us to be even heard,” Ampaw stated.
“So, they must have had notice that it was likely if they fail to lead sufficient evidence that we would not adduce any evidence and consistent with our original and primary position, we would ask the court to determine the matter on the evidence before it,” he added.
Ampaw said he could not believe that “my learned friend [Tsatsu Tsikata] would not have anticipated this matter as a matter of strategy. If he didn’t, then that is too bad for your client.”