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“Any idiot can go to court” comment taken out of context, says Asiedu Nketiah

The general secretary of the NDC, Asiedu Nketiah, asserts that those who have misinterpreted his comment do not understand logic or the English language

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  • "Any 'idiot' can go to court, those who do not understand it has problem with logic. When they say that you have been taken to court and even before the matter is heard you are declared to be guilty, that is the response you have to give, somebody taking you to court does not make you guilty."

Asiedu Nketiah, general secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has said he has been quoted out of context in his infamous “any idiot can go to court” comment after the 2012 election.

He has come under heavy criticism in recent times following the party’s delay in seeking redress in court over the just ended 7 December elections because of the comment.

However, General Mosquito, as he is affectionately called, explained that individuals who did not understand the comment had problem with logic or the English language.

“Any ‘idiot’ can go to court, those who do not understand it has problem with logic. When they say that you have been taken to court and even before the matter is heard you are declared to be guilty, that is the response you have to give, somebody taking you to court does not make you guilty,” Nketiah told The Probe, a show on the Accra-based Joy News.

He added: “I said that any idiot can take you to court but it is the judges who will decide whether the case is sensible or not, and that is the process we have in Ghana. Our law indicates that any idiot can go to court, but there are people who are saying that when you say any ‘idiot’ the meaning is that those who go to court are idiots; they have problem with logic or English.”

He said the NDC has no plans of stopping the nationwide street protests against the outcome of the 2020 presidential polls any time soon.

Last week’s protest at the Electoral Commission headquarters in Accra saw some 26 supporters arrested and they have since been granted GHC10,000 bail each by a court.

The flagbearer of the NDC, John Mahama, has already revealed he will explore all legitimate avenues to overturn the “flawed” elections.

Listen to Asiedu Nketiah’s full explanation:

 

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