John Dramani Mahama, a prospective 2024 presidential candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), claims that party representatives who are sent to the Electoral Commission’s (EC) National Collation Center, also known as the “strongroom,” will bring their own tea and purchase their own biscuits.
Rojo Mettle- Nunoo and Dr. Kpessah Whyte, who represented the party at the collation Center, were accused of negligence in the petition for the 2020 presidential election that John Dramani Mahama, the NDC’s presidential nominee, filed with the Supreme Court.
This came after the pair claimed that the head of the Election Commission, Jane Mensah, had “tricked” them into leaving the building to visit Mr. Mahama before announcing the results behind their backs.
When asked about an irregularity he had noticed in some of the findings during a cross-examination by Justin Amenuvor, the lead counsel for the Electoral Commission (EC), the former deputy minister of health Rojo Mettle- Nunoo replied, “I was provided tea, I wasn’t offered any biscuit.”
Rojo Mettle-Nuno and Dr. Kpessah Whyte, the second and third witnesses, respectively, for petitioner John Mahama, were told by the Supreme Court that they should take responsibility for leaving the National Collation Centre because they failed to perform their duty of strict observation of the collation process and as a result, must bear the consequences.
On Tuesday, John Mahama spoke to NDC delegates at Ashaley Botwe in the Greater Accra Region as part of a nationwide campaign tour in advance of the party’s presidential primaries. He also added, [on a lighter note], that the party’s representatives at the strongroom will be given their own biscuits and tea.
“We are not going to sleep. We are going to match them at the collation centers. We will be in the collation centers until the last ballot is accounted for. e are going to Match them in the EC’s strongroom. This time we don’t want tea we don’t want biscuit. Those we select to go to the strongroom we will give them our own tea and we will buy them digestive Biscuits to go to the strongroom”.