The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, yesterday told the Court that he never implied that the presidential candidate of the party in the 2020 elections, former President John Dramani Mahama, won the presidential election.
Mr Asiedu Nketia had allegedly said in a video that was shown in open court yesterday that the NDC’s collation of the results of the election at the time indicated that former President Mahama was ahead, and that the party expected the EC to declare Mr Mahama President-elect.
It was with that portion of the video that counsel for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (second respondent), Mr Akoto Ampaw, began his cross-examination of Mr Asiedu Nketia.
The video was shown in open court yesterday to enable Mr Akoto Ampaw to cross-examine the witness in order to establish his credibility.
At yesterday’s sitting, two short videos were shown which portrayed various NDC leaders allegedly proclaiming victory for the party in the 2020 elections.
The video captured Mr Asiedu Nketia, former President Mahama, a Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Peter Boamah Otokunor, the National Communications Officer of the party, Mr Sammy Gyamfi, and the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the party, Mr Kwame Zu.
For over 30 minutes, the admissibility or otherwise of the videos took centre stage in arguments between the lead counsel for Mr Mahama, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, and the lead counsel for President Akufo-Addo, Mr Akoto Ampaw.
The cross-examination of Mr Asiedu Nketia had begun last Friday.
Mr Akoto Ampaw, last Friday, had made an oral application to the court to grant him leave for the video to be shown in order for him to establish Mr Asiedu Nketia’s status as a credible witness, among other things.
The court subsequently ruled that since the attachment that contained the video had not been admitted in evidence yet, the video would be shown to ascertain its admissibility on the grounds of relevance.
Mr Asiedu Nketia admitted, under cross-examination, that he had seen the video.
Mr Akoto Ampaw then made an oral application to have the video shown in open court.
Showing the video paved the way for Mr Akoto Ampaw to begin his cross-examination based on the content of the video.
He suggested that the witness had claimed that Mr Mahama had won the 2020 presidential election, not his opponent, Nana Akufo-Addo.
But Mr Nketia rejected that suggestion and said those were not his words.
“My Lords, I implied that I expected President Mahama to win the election because every evidence was pointing at President Mahama’s victory,” he said.
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