General News of Wed, 31 Jul 201382
Akufo-Addo not fighting Addison – Gloria Akuffo
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is not fighting his lead Counsel Philip Addison, Spokesperson for the 2012 Presidential Candidate’s legal team in the ongoing election petition trial has told XYZ News.
Gloria Akuffo said on Wednesday July 31, 2013 that rumours that Nana Akufo-Addo is fighting with Mr. Addison are “absolutely not [true]”.
She said: “…There are rumours and it is in the social media that he had a big fight with Lead Counsel Addison but it is completely a lie”.
According to the former Deputy Attorney General, “the first Petitioner [Nana Akufo-Addo] has worked with us through out. Nana Addo has never sat back. We have worked as a team, not only as lawyers. Those who think they can benefit from it, I wish them well”.
The Daily Post newspaper published on Tuesday July 30 that its intelligence “indicates that there has been “fierce exchanges” and disagreements between the defeated main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer and his lead counsel over the content of the address the team filed at the Supreme Court on Tuesday in connection with the election petition case.
The paper claims while Mr. Addison insists that “administrative” errors in any elections should amount to an automatic nullification of results at polling stations, his boss, Nana Akufo-Addo disagrees.
The Daily Post quoted Nana Akufo-Addo as having made public comments before the petition started that contradict his lead counsel’s position as far as the relevance, significance and impact of the administrative processes of the elections on the final results are concerned.
According to the paper, Nana Akufo-Addo said in a speech at press conference before the election petition case started that: “In an election, we cast votes, then the votes are counted, the count is collated, the results are announced and formal declaration of results is made. In the entire process, we must never forget that it is the casting of the ballot that is sacred. The rest of the activities are at best administrative duties”.
The paper goes on to quote the former Attorney General and Justice Minister as saying: “The count, the collation, the declaration of results cannot and should not be more important than the sacred, God-given right of a citizen casting his or her ballot”, and added that: “Elections are about those who cast the vote, not those who count, not those who supervise, not those who transmit and not those who declare”.
The disagreement between the two lawyers over whether the issue of administrative errors should be part of the petitioners’ address, according to the paper, is what sparked the fight between Nana Akufo-Addo and Mr. Addison.