The Social Democracy and Development Dialogue Forum-Africa has petitioned the office of the United Nation in Ghana raising issues in the ongoing election petition trial at the Supreme Court.
The Forum is raising conflict of interest issues against the judges of the apex court sitting on the case.
Key among the observations by the Forum is the fact that out of the seven justices hearing the trial, six of them including the chief Justice were appointed by the current president, Nana Akufo-Addo who is a party in the case.
Justice Kwesi Anim-Yeboah [Chief Justice], Samuel K. Marful-Sau JSC, Prof Nii Ashie Kotey JSC, Nene A.O Amegatcher JSC, Mariam Owusu JSC, and Gertrude Torkornoo JSC were all appointed by President Akufo-Addo.
This the group intimates if not checked will affect the outcome of the case and will have dire consequences on the democracy of the nation.
“These threatening developments which include conflict of interest issues, in our estimation if not checked could affect the outcome of the ongoing court case which would leave in its wake dire consequences for our country’s overall Democracy”.
Justifying the accusation of conflict of interest, the Forum stated that most of the judges sitting on the case despite being appointed by the president also have all manner of relationship with the president.
“Nene Amegatcher, JSC, was once a personal lawyer for HE Akufo Addo, as his female colleague JSC Gertrude Torkonoo husband, Francis Torkonoo is a political appointee of the president, serving as the Acting Director-General of the Narcotics Control Commission.
“About the current Chief Justice who is presiding over this petition, Venerable Tsatsu Tsikata [ESQ] is on record to have pointed out his, CJ’s consistent political bias as a Judge in political matters involving the NDC and its associated persons.
“It is also on record that advocacy group, Lawyers In Search Of Democracy [LINSOD] has consistently mentioned that Kwesi Anim-Yeboah JSC has been sounding tribal aside his consistent attack and display of hatred for the NDC, one which LINSOD referenced was at a funeral in Nkawie in the Ashanti Region, all these forming bases for his recusal”, the petition revealed.
According to the Forum, it says a lot that “7 very critical applications” made by the petitioner at the supreme court in the election petition have all been unanimously dismissed and not to mention the “guidance and coaching” the court appears to offer the Respondents lawyers.
The Forum wonders why Chief Justice Kwesi Anim-Yeboah is hesitant in finding a new judge for the contempt case against “an NPP Financier” Hon. Kennedy Agyapong who threatened a High Court Judge.
They are however calling on the international community to intervene to ensure that this does not escalate and destroy Ghana’s Democracy.
Read the petition below: