Former President John Dramani Mahama has revealed that his lead counsel in the just-ended election petition hearing at the Supreme Court, Mr Tsatsu Tsikata did not charge him a dime.
Speaking after the dismissal of his petition by the Supreme Court on Thursday, March 4, Mr Mahama said Mr Tsikatak’s handling the case was “gratis”.
He said” Let me take this opportunity to express my deep-seated appreciation to our lawyers, led by the colossus of a legal mind, Tsatsu Tsikata, for a valiant fight, which has won the admiration of many.
“Against considerable odds, they persisted and drove home our point in a manner that convinced all fair-minded observers about the just cause we had embarked on.
“I express similar gratitude to all who played diverse roles in putting our case together. I salute our three key witnesses – our General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Dr. Michael Kpessah Whyte and Rojo Mettle-Nunoo for helping to unravel a part of the untold story of the flawed 2020 elections.
“I also wish to place on record that the service rendered to me by my legal team in this petition was gratis – free. We may not have been successful. But your hard work and sacrifice will not go unheralded when the full story is told.
“I am very much aware that there are millions watching and listening to me who are disappointed at the outcome of this case. For those millions, like myself, who held out hope that our democracy would be advanced by the process and outcome of this petition, you must be disappointed.
“But I encourage you to hold your heads up high and channel your disappointment into hard work that will ensure that, come next election, we will achieve a truly transparent and fair election, which we all as Ghanaians can be proud of.”
As a reminder, Mahama was asking the apex court to order a rerun of last year’s elections because in his view no candidate won the polls. However, the Supreme Court of the land dismissed his petition saying it was without merit.