The National Democratic Congress has debunked reports that suggest that the MP for Jomoro Hon. Dorcas Affo-Toffey had admitted in court that she has citizenship from 2 countries.
According to a statement from the Communications Directorate of the NDC in the Western Region, signed by Richard Kirk Mensah, the MP once held an Ivorian passport but not at a time she was contesting for the Jomoro seat.
The MP has already denied having an American citizenship and explained that she also renounced her Ivorian citizenship long ago.
“The MP admitted that she had used an Ivorian passport before and never a holder of an Ivorian passport as at the time she filed for nomination,” Mensah clarified in a statement.
“She recounted that she was 16yrs when her maternal family members brought up the issue of a student exchange program in 1991 in USA. The Ivorian family members prepared her travel documents in 1991 even though she had completed Nkroful Sec School,” the NDC explained in the statement.
Afo-Toffey is being challenged in the Sekondi High Court 1 over her eligibility to contest as MP.
This follows an application by one, Joshua Emuah Kofie challenging the eligibility of the MP to contest as a representative of the people in the constituency.
According to the applicant, the MP is holding multiple nationalities, including American and Ivorian citizenships, which contravenes the 1992 Constitution.
But the NDC and the MP have denied the claim severally.
Below is the NDC’s statement;
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS
WESTERN REGION COMMUNICATION BUREAU
*IGNORE THE LIES AND DECEPTIONS FROM THE NPP SPIN DOCTORS AND THEIR SURROGATES.*
Stories in circulation about what transpired in the Sekondi High Court is just a wicked propaganda by the NPP to deceive their supporters after an abysmal performance in court today.
We all remember the reasons the NPP through their Petitioner Mr Joshua Emuah Kofie went to court.
They claim the Jomoro MP Hon. Dorcas Affo-Toffey as at the time she filed her nomination to contest as a member of Parliament was a citizen of Ivory Coast and it is clearly stated in the witness’ statement of the Petitioner.
They went ahead to allege that the MP also has a United States of America citizenship and they had prove of such documents to back their claim.
The lawyer for the Petitioner Mr Agyekum, in his cross examination has so far failed to proof that the MP has any documents which proves that she was an Ivorian and American Citizen as at the time she filed her nomination to contest .
The petitioner on a wild goose chase wasted over an hour and half without making any meaningful substantial argument linked to the claims but rather focused on the place of birth and date birth which had no bearing on the issue in court.
The MP admitted that she had used an Ivorian passport before and never a holder of an Ivorian passport as at the time she filed for nomination.
She recounted that she was 16yrs when her maternal family members brought up the issue of a student exchange program in 1991 in USA.
The Ivorian family members prepared her travel documents in 1991 even though she had completed Nkroful Sec School.
And that is how she ended up traveling to the USA through Ivory Coast.
Hence the acquisition of the Ivorian nationality.
The NPP knew they had lost the case when the Petitioner in an open court, testified that he did not have any evidence to support their claim that the Hon. Member of Parliament has any valid Ivorian citizenship as at the time of filing of her nomination. They have therefore run to the media to give their supporters false hope.
The National Democratic Congress fully believes that the matter in court lacks merit and at the end of the trial the MP will continue to serve the good people of Jomoro.