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EC Exposed! Mettle Nunoo Reveals How EC Officials Tricked Him Into Signing Collation Sheets For Ashanti Region

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Robert Joseph (Rojo) Mettle-Nunoo, one of the representatives of the petitioner in the ongoing Election Petition at the ‘strongroom’ of the Electoral Commission (EC), has disclosed that he was misled by some officials at the EC office to sign collation sheets which were certified by his party’s polling agents.

In his witness statement submitted to the Supreme Court on Thursday, February 4, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo indicated that he found out from his party officials at the party’s headquarters that the figures presented on the signed documents were not what had been collated.

Rojo Mettle-Nunoo averred in paragraph 10 of his witness statement that when he was at the EC headquarters as a rep for the NDC, some EC officials were telling all-party reps that, “they were correcting errors” on the collation sheets that have been sent to the EC headquarters from the regional collation centres the EC had established.

“At certain times, when we queried certain collation results from the regional levels, they were quick to say, once your representatives have signed, the only relief available to you is to go to court,” parts of his statement read.

Rojo Mettle-Nunoo further stated in paragraph 11: “I must admit I was misled by this position of the EC officials into signing the regional collation sheet for the Ashanti Region simply because there was a signature of the agent of the Petitioner at the regional collation centre on that sheet.

I later found out from speaking with officials at the party headquarters that what had been presented on the signed collation form was not consistent with a tally of polling station results in the Ashanti region.”

Again, Rojo, averred that the NDC party’s representative in Western North Region did not sign the summary sheet for the Petitioner and gave reasons to the NDC as to why he did not sign and it was duly noted.

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However, he, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, made a mistake by signing that summary sheet in the EC’s “Strong Room”.

“At the time I signed, I missed the fact that the agent at the regional collation centre had stated clearly the reason for not signing. We made the EC officials aware that the agent at the regional collation centre had not signed and had given a reason for not signing,” Mettle-Nunoo said.

He continued: “…in any case, officials of the EC being aware of the reason given on the form by the agent of the Petitioner for not signing, could not just disregard it and claim that, once I had signed the summary sheet, the matter was closed”.

He argued that the fact that they signed the results, even including errors, should convince the court that they were not at the EC strongroom to put “spokes in the wheel of the process of getting the proper basis for a constitutionally appropriate declaration of the results of the presidential election to be made”.

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‘Fast And Furious Driver’ Fails To Appear In Court Over Alleged Ailment

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The 28-year-old man who was arrested for driving recklessly at Opeibea in the Greater Accra Region has fallen sick after he was granted bail, according to police.

The suspect, Kofi Buckman was to appear before court earlier today, Monday, October 25, but was unable to, due to his medical condition.

Supt John Atanga who is in charge of the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) at the Airport Police Station said the defendant is currently on admission at the hospital.

“It is unfortunate the court matter could not come on. He was released on bail to his family to be brought today. But this morning we had a document from his doctors that late last night he was taken ill and is currently under observation.

“Under this circumstance, we are handicapped to talk since it has to do with health matters,” he told Judith Awortwi Tandoh.

On when the suspect’s case will be heard, Supt Atanga said the police will wait till the medical facility treating the suspect reports that he has recuperated before the case will be laid before the court.

“When it comes to health issues, the dynamics changed,” he explained.

As previously reported by GhArticles.com, Kofi Buckman was captured in a viral video dangerously driving a grey Mercedes Benz at the Airport junction off the 37- Legon road.

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He was filmed drifting perilously under a traffic light that had signalled motorists to stop on Saturday, October 23.

Per the amateur footage, he drove into the middle of the four-lane road and, in a Fast and Furious fashion, turned his car in circles and eventually sped off before the traffic light turned green.

Police say Mr Buckman turned himself in on Sunday morning with some relatives as the Airport Police Station began investigations into the matter.

Supt Atanga further sent a strong warning to persons who engage in such acts, adding that they will be dealt with in accordance with the law if caught.

“The IGP and his team are out today and we are not going to countenance any sort of indiscipline. It is not in the interest of anybody, all road users, including their own lives so they should be warned. So long as we get them or get information about them, they cannot hide anywhere,” he added.

 

 

 

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‘There Is No Space For Them’ – Prez Akuffo-Addo To 499 Law Students

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'There Is No Space For Them' - Prez Akuffo-Addo To 499 Law Students

This is because there’s no space at the Ghana School of Law to contain them, President Akufo-Addo said.

He noted that the situation is rather unfortunate as the problem has been a persisting one.

“For the time being, there’s no space in the Law School for them, and this is a problem. There are several others before them who unfortunately fell into the same pit. It may be that this group has decided to be more vocal than their predecessors,” he said.

The President explained that it is not in the country’s best interest to keep the gates of the Ghana School of Law closed.

He stated that more lawyers were needed to ensure that the rule of law was maintained for the country’s development.

“I myself, I think that idea of more and more lawyers in the system is good for the health of the nation. If we want a country that is governed by the rule of law, it means that we need to have lawyers in virtually all aspects of our national life guiding the development of our country so that the rule of law really makes sense,” he said.

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He is, however, hopeful that a solution to the problem would be realised by next year.

According to him, it is reasonable that Ghanaians expect him to find a solution to the problem because he’s a celebrated Ghanaian lawyer.

“I think it’s a decent, reasonable expectation; I will not run away from it. I think it’s a reasonable expectation to see that this is a good moment for these matters to be resolved, and all I can say is that God willing, by the time I come back here the next year, substantial progress will be made in trying to deal with this.

“It’s unfortunate, I can’t pretend that this is a happy coincidence for me at all, on the contrary, I’m very disturbed by it, and I’m hoping that soon the cooperation of the various stakeholders, the Ghana Legal Council, the Chief Justice himself, Attorney General and myself, we’ll all find a solution to this situation,” he said.

 

 

 

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Doctors Successfully Transplant Pig Kidney To Human Patient

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Doctors Successfully Transplant Pig Kidney To Human Patient

From people in comas waking up to diseases vanishing, medical miracles happen every day. But some doctors are advancing the methods we use to get needed organs. According to the New York Times, surgeons in New York City successfully attached a kidney grown inside a pig to a patient.

The unidentified patient apparently suffered from brain death. They were a registered organ donor. However, none of their organs were “suitable” for transplant. This patient’s body was used for research after the family gave their permission.

The Surgery 

While on a ventilator, the pig kidney was attached to blood vessels in the upper leg of the patient and covered with a shield. It functioned as it should. The kidney received the blood and processed urine and waste product creatinine  “almost immediately.” The surgery took place in September and the organ was studied for 54 hours.

The kidney was sourced from a pig genetically engineered to grow human organs that won’t be rejected by the human body. Xenotransplantation is the word for the medical procedure that took place. Per the Food & Drug Administration, this procedure “involves the transplantation, implantation or infusion”  of “live cells, tissues or organs from a nonhuman animal source.”

Transplants Needed

Scientists have been working overtime to find new ways to tackle the large demand for organ transplants. Estimates show that more than 100,000 Americans are waiting to receive organs from transplant lists. About 90,240 people on the list need kidneys.

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Robert Montgomery, who is the head of the Langone Health’s Transplant Institute at New York University, performed the recent kidney surgery.

“The field up to now has been stuck in the preclinical primate stage, because going from primate to living human is perceived as a big jump,” Dr. Montgomery said.

Why Pigs?

According to Vice, he received a $3.2 million grant from United Therapeutics to fund the medical project. The Maryland-based pharmaceutical company focuses on developing “novel pharmaceutical therapies” and “technologies that expand the availability of transplantable organs.”

Pigs are apparently a great match for organ procurement. NY Times reports that they’re “easier to raise, reach maturation faster, and achieve adult human size in six months.” Moreover, humans are not unfamiliar to using pig body parts. Medical procedures have previously used pig heart values, pig pancreas cells and pig skin.

Although the idea might be off-putting to some, United Therapeutics’ CEO  Martine Rothblatt doesn’t think so.

“Weird does not mean unethical. There’s a 45-degree line on a graph—as long as the utility exceeds the yuckiness, social acceptance wins,” Martine said. “Taking organs from dead people and putting them in living people once seemed weird, it’s not weird anymore. It would be stupid to abjure nature’s greatest invention since chemistry.”

 

 

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