Renowned Lawyer, Sam Okudjeto has slammed retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Francis Kpegah over his assertions that Nana Akufo Addo is not a lawyer.
Describing the argument as “baseless and unintelligent”, the astute legal luminary called on Ghanaians to ignore Justice Kpegah’s notions.
According to Lawyer Okudjeto, under who Nana Akufo Addo served as Vice President to the Greater Accra Bar Association, Nana Addo’s legal credentials both locally and internationally could not be underestimated.
“I have known Nana Addo [since] he was a student at Legon and I was practicing law. He went to France and practiced in one of the best law firms in France before returning to Ghana and I knew that he was registered at the Bar and has been practicing at the Bar.”
He distinguished himself and I will just like every Ghanaian to know that if we are talking about brilliant, outstanding and astute lawyers in this country, Nana Addo’s name stands supreme and we must all accept that.”
He continued saying: “The law books are there, the court records are there to show that in many of the most important matters in the Supreme Court he was there as a lawyer, some of them were there as constitutional matters and I appeared in court with him.”
“If you are a judge and the person has appeared before you several times for so many years why didn’t you challenge him when he was appearing before you? That will be the issue! I think there is too much politics in this country whereby everything has become political, which worries me.”
It is complete nonsense! If you go to the records now, the name I have there is called Samuel Okudjeto but I shortened it to Sam Okudjeto; so that argument is bogus,” he stressed.
Lawyer Sam Okudjeto advised upcoming Lawyers to respect the ethics of the profession by not towing political lines.
“People have their own political agenda but I have always cautioned that we should not bring politics into legal matters because they are separate issues all together. In reality, we will bring the profession into disrepute if we begin to do something of that nature.”
I teach at the law school and I tell my students. ‘when you get out of here don’t get in this political drama whereby everything becomes political.’ You are lawyers who are thought how to think logically and how to analyze issues, so don’t jump into that fray.”
Justice Kpegah was reported to have challenged the 2012 NPP Presidential candidate’s legal credentials, describing Nana Akuffo Addo as an impersonator.