Following calls on Lead Counsel for the NDC in the election petition, Tsatsu Tsikata, to apologise for his accusations against one of the nine-member panel of judges that dismissed the petition last Thursday, Mr. Tsikata has reiterated that he will not apologise for what he thinks is not a lie.
Hr said this on Radio XYZ?s morning show this morning, claiming that neither Justice Anin-Yeboah, whom he accused of political bias during the hearing of the case, nor former President John Agyekum Kufuor, who took offence following the comments, deserved any apology from him.
?I think that you need to address the truth in the observations that I made. And I think you need to do it in the context of what all of us observed [during the election petition hearing]?
?Why should I apologise to the former President??
According to Mr. Tsikata, it is a fact that Justice Anin-Yeboah was appointed by former President Kufuor , and hence does not see how that should warrant an apology from him.
He said he stood by the comments and will not apologise to the Supreme Court judge either.
Although some persons have indicated that Mr Tsikata?s comments amounted to contempt of court, he rebuffed such assertions.
?I can tell you for certain that there is a world of difference between what I said; remarks that I made and the remarks?of other people?there is a world of difference?, he emphasised.
He said he would instead like to encourage the former President and other people condemning his remarks is ?to pay attention the words that [he] used in respect of Justice Anin-Yeboah and the importance of judicial balance and indeed the importance of all of us of having a balanced and a measured approach irrespective of our political perspective.?
?I think Judges, particularly, more than anybody else are people we expect to rise above and we need to hold them accountable and that is really what I seek to do?, he added.
He said Justice Anin-Yeboah can attest to the fact that he (Tsikata) has nothing personal against him, noting there is the need to address the truth and objectivity of whatever position we articulate.