The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has disputed assertions that he declared former President John Dramani Mahama as winner of the 2020 presidential election.
He was responding to a question under cross examination on Monday, February 1, 2021 in the ongoing election petition.
This was after a video had been played in court by the lead counsel of President Akufo-Addo, lawyer Akoto Ampaw.
“My Lord, I have watched the video and I have watched it here, I standby every word, every punctuation, every sentence that relates to me Johnson Aseidu Nketia and there is nowhere unless we are watching a different clip, there is nowhere I indicated definitively that the first respondent [Mahama] has won the elections.
“What I said is that we have won the majority of seats in parliament and that the petitioner [Mahama] as prosing for victory and that is precisely what has shown up in all the various speeches I have made which have been clipped together,” he stated.
It was lawyer Ampaw’s claim that he had heard Mr. Nketiah pronouncing Mahama as winner but came to court with a different case.
“In the video, you said the NDC has won 416 and that puts us[NDC] in a clear majority and will be given president Mahama the needed majority in parliament to be able to conduct his business as President. I am putting it to you that you thereby imply that president Mahama had won the elections.
“Again in the video, Otukonor says Mahama has won this election by 6,166,385 and that constitute 50.15% is that not so,” he quizzed.
But Mr. Nketiah in his response said:, “I heard him say so in the video, but my Lord I indicated last Friday that I was present at the press conferences addressed by my good self and the petitioner and I did indicate clearly that I will not be in the position to testify about whatever any other officials of the NDC have said at their various press conferences.”