Dr. Nduom is back on the barking orders of a judge to the Electoral Commission.

Reading a 30-page judgement, the Justice Eric Kyei Baffour borrowed wisdom from Indian judges, London judges before telling Ghananian Electoral Commission chair that her disqualification decision made no sense.

Outside the court, supporters waited for the sign of victory or the signal to weep. Some wore red to mourn or white to mob and those not so sure wore white and red.

Inside the court, a case was about Nduom going back on a 2016 ballot paper. But on Dr Nduom's wife countenance, the case  was about her son going behind 1906 iron bars.

Tensed, wobbly sense of composure as she listened to a judgment that for the lay man was hardly straight to the point. 

The judge sat like a anti-bomb specialist about to diffuse an explosive device. One 'wrong move' and the Progressive People's Party (PPP) 2016 ambition could be blown up into irreconcilable and irrevocable pieces.

And so when the judge fed the EC with humble pie in court and ordered the commission to put the business mogul back in the race, the 'pr3 papa pr3ko party' erupted into euphoria like an injury-time goal.

PPP in court

The High court, a possible wailing ground became a real rally. A potential PPP burial site became an actual revival service, an almost comatose presidential ambition became a pulsating hot potato.

As Jesus ordered Lazarus to come out of the grave, the judge ordered Ndoum to come back into the race.

"We thank you Jesus, we are serving a living God," a wild woman exclaimed as warm up for Sunday service 48 hours away.

Five minutes with the EC for a change of heart, Nduom failed. But 10 minutes in the face of a judge, Nduom prevailed like a super-sub with a point to prove.

PPP in court

PPP in court

The sun feeling honoured that the PPP had used it as the party's symbol to signify 'Awake', felt the need to shine so bright it transformed the white garments of Nduom into a near angelic being.

PPP in court

Disqualified Kofi Apaloo hanged around the court. In Nduom's victory he would smell the blood of a defeated, bloodied EC like a shark smells blood hundred of miles away – and attacks.

Will he take the cue to file a suit? Two days, two blows, two lows in a row for the EC after the Supreme court yesterday ordered it to give out collation sheets to party agents.

PPP in court

The judge made mincemeat of the EC's explanation in a way that raised serious questions about the investment of intellect in coming to crucial decisions with a serious election barely 40 days away.

When EC looked at Nduom's nomination form, she saw a mountain called legal infractions, when the judge looked, he saw a molehill called a mistake.

If a man makes a mistake he possibly couldn't have known he was making, it is unjust to punish him, a summarised conclusion of a comprehensive verdict that ended 18 days of anxiety for Nduom since his disqualification.

The Ghanaian tendency towards sympathy, a low-hanging fruit for politicians was well courted by Nduom after the EC announced he could not contest.

People felt the sweeping disqualification that affected 12 candidates was right to help keep the ballot paper from looking like an ancient scroll. But they felt it should have excluded Nduom even if all the other affected parties committed the same mistake.

No attempt at a consistent argument -all sentimental pleas to get Nduom back. In the end, all the air time on the EC vs Nduom saga had become campaign time. There is nothing like bad publicity for a politician. Just keep talking about him and he grows mysterious.

PPP in court

With the judgment in place and a campaign re-ignited, it is difficult to write Nduom off as a serious kingmaker even if you can write off his ambition to be president as an idealistic repeat of Leicester City

There was evidence at the High Court that the PPP machinery is not to be taken lightly. The EC knows this. The NDC knows this. The NPP knows this. Does the average voter know this?

PPP in court

PPP in court

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