Lead Counsel for John Mahama in the ongoing 2020 election petition, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata has been condemned by President Akufo Addo’s cousin, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko for leaving courtroom when Dr. Anyone’s contempt case was called for hearing.
Yesterday, February 22, 2021, Dr. Dominic Ayine, a former Deputy Attorney General in the erstwhile Mahama administration was cited for contempt of court after he said during a live media engagement that the justices hearing the case have a predetermined agenda.
He appeared before the court after the election petition proceedings of the day came to an end. He was instructed by the Chief Justice, Justice Anim Yeboah to go back to the media to make a retraction and apology statement.
However, something took place just before the contempt case hearing started and it raises eyebrow.
Tsatsu Tsikata who is leading former president Mahama’s legal team which includes the contemnor, Dr. Ayine asked permission from the court and left when the contempt case was called.
This has got people baffled as many believed he [Tsatsu Tsikata] should have stayed to hear the case just as the lead counsel for the 2nd respondent, Lawyer Akoto Ampaw and that of the 1st respondent, Lawyer Justin Amenuvor did.
For Gabby Otchere-Darko, it is disappointing that Tsatsu left the courtroom when a case involving his legal team member was called.
According to him, Mr. Tsikata should have stayed to show solidarity with Dr. Ayine who is the Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East.
“I was pretty disappointed seeing lead counsel for the petitioner picking up his files and law reports to sprint from the Courtroom before a leading member of his team, Dominic Ayine’s contempt case was heard. The symbolic solidarity would have been neat,” Gabby wrote in a facebook post sighted by GhanaVanguard.com.