Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has jumped to the defense of Dr. Dominic Ayine, the Member of Parliament for Bolga East regarding a petition to the General Legal Council in which Justice Kwesi Anim-Yeboah, the Chief Justice of Ghana, acting as a complainant, is seeking to have disciplinary action taken against the MP for comments he says questions the independence of the Judiciary.
Speaking at a news conference in Accra, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the General Secretary of the NDC said “let me state here and now that the NDC stands with Dr. Ayine against what is increasingly becoming a campaign of judicial tyranny being waged by the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana against lawyers who identify with the NDC.
Indeed, the latest persecution of Dr. Ayine is part of a grand agenda by the current Chief Justice to intimidate, cower and muzzle all dissenting voices, particularly those in the NDC, who dare to speak against some of the strange decisions that characterized the 2020 presidential election petition.”
Dr. Ayine according to the General Secretary of the NDC spoke at a roundtable discussion at the behest of the Center for Democratic Development(CDD-Ghana)which had other layers and academics brought together to analyze the impact of Presidential election petition on Ghana’s democracy.
When the question about confidence in the independence of the judiciary was posed, Lawyer Yaw Oppong, a member of President Akufo-Addo’s legal team, Asiedu Nketia said the above-mentioned pro-NPP lawyer responded that he thought Ghana’s judiciary was independent.
Dr. Ayine, on his part, expressed the view that his confidence in the independence of the judiciary had been dampened by the way the court determined some of the interlocutory applications of the Petitioner without due regard for judicial precedent and settled rules and practices.
The National Chief Scribe of the NDC said Ghana’s progressive march as a constitutional democracy will suffer a grave setback if the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council were to proceed to hold an inquiry into this matter of Dr. Ayine’s statements at the CDD-Ghana event.
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