11 January 2013

Ghana: NPP Lawyers to Meet to Consider Options

Lawyers representing the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) Presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo and two other plaintiffs in court will be meeting later today, Friday to consider their options in filing a formal application at the Supreme Court.

The meeting will also decide when to file the formal application challenging the composition of the panel of judges sitting on election petition before the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned hearing of the NDC's application to join the NPP's petition against the Electoral Commission and the President due to an issue raised by the NPP in respect of the composition of the panel of judges.

Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs, Lawyer Gloria Akuffo in an interview with Citi News said: "We are meeting this afternoon, our expectation was that the matter will be dealt with summarily, so we were hoping that the matter will be dealt with so that we can go on with the rejoinder but the court exercised its discretion and decided we have to put it in the form of a motion; so we are meeting this afternoon to consider our options."

Meanwhile, a former President of the Ghana Bar Association and renowned Lawyer, Sam Okudjeto has stated that there is nothing wrong with the plaintiff's objection to the composition of the panel.

"I have heard people on radio and television saying that what the NPP is doing is very risky, I saw it on television even this morning with my own nephew involved in it and I thought that was improper."

Mr. Okudjato impressed upon Ghanaians to be patient and stop being too anxious for things to happen.

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