The General Legal Council has confirmed the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) 2012 presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indeed been called to the bar.
In a letter sighted to citifmonline dated October 16th 2007 and signed for the Secretary of the General Legal Council by the then Acting Administration Secretary, they stated his qualifying and enrollment certificates were however missing. A former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Kpegah has accused Nana Addo of impersonating another lawyer and that he was never called to the bar.
MR WILLIAM ADDO-DANKWA AKUFO-ADDOI certify that, MR. WILLIAM ADDO-DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO was enrolled and called to the Ghana Bar at a meeting of the General Legal Council held at the Supreme Court, Supreme Court Building on Tuesday, 8th July, 1975.2.
I have been informed of the loss of MR WILLIAM ADDO-DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO’S Qualifying and Enrollment certificates. This note, therefore, serves to confirm his enrollment. Dated at Accra this 16th day of October, 2007.
E. BART-PLANGE BREWACTING ADMINISTRATION SECRETARYFOR: SECRETARY, GENERAL LEGAL COUNCIL…..
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2012 flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), in an attempt to defend himself against the claim by retired Justice Francis Yaonasu Kpegah that he was not called to the Ghana Bar, has produced an October 15, 2007 letter, which basically says his qualifying and enrollment certificate cannot be found.
The letter, which was signed by E. Bart-Plange Brew, acting Administrative Secretary of the Ghana General Legal Council, stated that “I have been informed of the loss of Mr Williams Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s qualifying and enrollment certificate”.
According to the October 2007 letter, even though Nana Addo’s qualifying and enrollment certificate was missing, he, Mr Brew could still certify that Mr Williams Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was enrolled and called to the Ghana Bar at a meeting of the General Legal Council held at the Supreme Court on Tuesday 8th July 1975.
Meanwhile, insiders have questioned the locus of the acting Administrative Secretary for signing such a letter.
“Nana Addo should have applied to the General Legal Council and informed of the loss of his qualifying enrollment certificate following which they could have caused an extensive investigation, and depending on the findings of the investigation, the General Legal council could have either authorized his name to be added to the Roll of Lawyers or deleted from the Roll of Lawyers,” an insider said.
A legal source also questions Mr Brew’s October 15 letter, saying “How can a man who claims ignorance of the whereabouts of Nana Addo’s qualifying and enrollment certificate still say that he could certify that he was a qualified lawyer?”
“No individual can usurp the powers of the General Legal Council, the letter should have been signed by the Secretary of the General Legal Council and no other individual,” the source said.
Observers say that they suspect the October 15, 20007 letter, which Nana Addo presented was procured in response to allegations by the former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, who had asserted, in run-up to the 2008 elections, that Nana Addo was not a lawyer.
Five years after Nana Konadu’s claim, it is interesting that similar allegations of doubts of him being a lawyer have yet been leveled against him.
It would be recalled that retired Justice Francis Yaonasu kpegah recently dragged Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to an Accra High Court accusing him of impersonation.
The former Supreme Court judge is suing the Nana Addo for holding himself out as a lawyer when evidence available to him from sources such as the General Legal Council proves otherwise.