Tsatsu Tsikata has in an interview with the media taking a swipe at the Supreme Court saying it has set a precedent that is dangerous to the country.
In that interview, he alleges that Chairpersons of the Electoral Commission (EC) can, in future elections, declare a candidate as a winner with wrong figures and no one can hold him or her accountable.
He argued that such a precedent is dangerous for Ghana’s democracy and peace.
Speaking on the KSM show on Pan African TV, Mr. Tsikata said, per the judgment, chairpersons of constitutional bodies cannot be compelled to account for their stewardship.
He insists that a Chairperson and the Returning Officer can come and make an announcement with numbers which nobody can really explain and those numbers do not also meet the constitutional threshold of 50%+1 and later come and say there was a mistake and there is no explanation as to how those mistakes occurred.
As we would recall, John Mahama challenged the results of the 2020 polls, insisting that none of the nine presidential candidates obtained the mandatory 50%+1 vote constitutional threshold to be declared the winner of the polls.
In his petition filed on December 30, 2020, Mr. Mahama sought five reliefs from the apex court.
He among things asked the Supreme Court to declare the EC’s declaration of President Nana Akufo-Addo as the winner of the polls as unconstitutional, null, and void.
In its ruling, however, the Supreme Court said the petitioner (Mr. Mahama) failed to prove his case via his petition or through his witnesses and that the accounts of Rojo Mettle-Nunoo and Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte were immaterial to the case since the issue in contention had nothing to do with how the results were collated at the Electoral Commission’s national collation center popularly known as the Strong Room.
In our opinion, such a blanket analysis of the issues, presented in the manner and at the platform that Tsatsu used, is what rather creates a discord in the hearts and minds of ordinary citizens who need answers to technical issues like what Tsatsu was discussing in front of the TV cameras.
As far as the ruling went, and Tsatsu himself would admit that the Petitioner failed to bring evidence to court except for hope that the Court would be stampeded by the NDC lawyers to put Jean Mensah in the box to be bullied by the NDC lawyers.
Interestingly, when they had the chance, they failed to produce pink sheets totaling so much to discredit the declaration made by the EC.
Playing to the gallery, in our opinion, is a trade for the loony politician not a learned lawyer like Tsatsu who we expect would be lauding our justices for how far we have come as a nation.
If he had been that truthful to himself and Ghanaians, he would have observed that Ghana has been blessed since Kwame Nkrumah with justices who cannot be cowed by politicians, brilliant lawyers like himself, or even military leaders.
It is our prayer that next time he finds himself in that privileged position; he would be patriotic and put Ghana first than act as a stooge in John Mahama’s corner.
God bless Tsatsu and Mahama; God bless our Supreme Court justices, God bless Ghana.