The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has declared that it is behind its Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga East Constituency, Dr Dominic Akuritinga Ayine, who is being hauled to the General LegalCouncil (GLC).
Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah wants the GLC to investigate Mr Ayine and, possibly, mete out sanctions at him following a comment he made during a panel discussion on the Presidential Election Petitions and their impact on Africa’s Democracy, organized by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD).
But speaking at a press conference in Accra Monday, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, stated that the party is behind Ayine.
He said Dr. Ayine spoke nothing but the truth at the roundtable discussion that had other lawyers and academics brought together to analyze the impact of Presidential election petitions on our 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, 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,” he said.
“Let me state here and now that the National Democratic Congress stands with Dr. Ayine against what is increasingly becoming a campaign of judicial tyranny being waged by the Chief Justice of the Republic against lawyers who identify with the NDC,” he said.
He went on to criticise the Chief Justice for what he described as persecution against lawyers identified with the NDC.
“It’s no coincidence that virtually all the lawyers who have been reported to the disciplinary committee of the General Legal council by the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah in recent times are aligned to the NDC. What is the Chief Justice’s personal interest in the punishment of NDC-affiliated lawyers that he’s so keen to initiate unwarranted actions against them?”
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