Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah, the general secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), is thought to have spoken in a leaked audio recording, and its contents suggest that the party did not provide any convincing witnesses in its plea to the Supreme Court over the 2020 elections.
The voice is heard explaining that even before the NDC went to court to challenge the declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the elected candidate in the 2020 elections, they had been experiencing some technical difficulties in the more than 14-minute leaked audio clip, which has been shared numerous times on WhatsApp groups.
“Only after collating five regions, we were told that the system that would help with that job had crashed and that is why, in truth, we did not have results to challenge the Electoral Commission. We concluded that looking at the region-by-region results, we had won, and even if we had not, Akufo-Addo had not won the first round and in the worst-case scenario, we needed to go for a second round, but where were the documents for us to use?” Mr Nketia stated.
Asiedu-Nketiah said, “After coming up with new methods of compiling their own findings, I went to court and was startled to find no ready figures for me to present in defense.”
The voice identified as coming from the NDC General Secretary went on to say that despite being well-known for having extensive understanding of election procedures, not even his experience could have saved him from the embarrassment the circumstance posed.
“We then made the decision to use manual collation, and the chairman elected himself to lead that team before enlisting the assistance of some college students.
I am therefore respected by many in Ghana as someone who is very knowledgeable about electoral processes, but when I was in the docket, I was presented with inadmissible documents, he continued. “So, when the time came for me to stand in the docket to give evidence and I asked for the evidence, what I was presented with, should anyone use it anywhere in evidence, they will be embarrassed,” he said.
He added that when confronted with a question on the results that they collated that was the reason why he said they didn’t come to court to challenge the figures but rather to challenge the legality and pronouncement of the Electoral Commission (EC) led by Jean Mensa.
General Mosquito, also known as Asiedu-Nketiah, is running against Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo for the position of NDC National Chairman.