The Supreme Court of Ghana today advised a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana and a Member of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte to appear in a suit the next time he appears before the court.
The friendly directive was given by a member of the bench when Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte mounted the witness box for former President John Mahama on Tuesday, February 2, 2021.
Though the order was given after the witness had been discharged from the witness box, the lead counsel for the petitioner, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata disagreed with the order.
According to him, it does not speak well for the bench to profer dress code to individuals like lecturers when they appear before the Supreme Court.
Dr. Kpessa-Whyte is one of the two representatives of the petitioner stationed at the National Collation Centre (‘strongroom’) of the First Respondent (Electoral Commission), during the presidential election held on December 7, 2020.
Dr. Michael Kpessa-Whyte appeared in court wearing black short sleeves.
The case has been adjourned to Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
Former President, John Dramani Mahama is at the Supreme Court seeking to annul the presidential election results and a re-run of the election between himself and his opponent, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who is the Second Respondent in the petition.
The petition is also seeking a mandatory injunction, directing the First Respondent, the Electoral Commission to proceed to conduct a second election between the petitioner and the 2nd respondent as required under Articles 63 (4) and (5) of the 1992 constitutions.