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Anin Yeboah is likely to go down in history as the worst Chief Justice – Asiedu Nketia

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The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah of supervising administrative abuses in Ghana.

Mr. John Asiedu Nketia at a press conference in Accra on Friday said the Chief Justice “has failed to show leadership and to keep the flag of the judiciary flying high by abusing his powers to empanel the courts.”

The NDC scribe therefore asserted that the Chief Justice is “likely to go down in history as the worst Chief Justice in the Republic of Ghana since the inception of the fourth republic.”

“His reign as Chief Justice has been characterised by unimaginable administrative abuses. These abuses are thrown into sharp disbelief when the conduct of the current Chief Justice is measured against the professionalism and conduct of former chief justices,” Johnson Asiedu Nketia noted.

The party, during a news conference on Friday cited several apex court rulings including the ruling on the Opuni case for Justice Honyenuga to recuse himself, the Supreme court ruling on the election petition, the ruling on the Deputy Speaker taking part in voting processes while presiding and other rulings they described as “unreasoned court judgement” as basis for the accusation.

The NDC General Secretary therefore called for Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah’s administration to be probed.

‘We, therefore, call on the Judicial Council to institute an internal inquiry to ascertain the reasons for these blunders and appropriate recommendations made to forestall their recurrence until appropriate legislation such as a Judicial proceedings bill is passed by Parliament to regulate the writing of judgement by our courts,” he added.

The party stressed that it will also “petition Parliament for the Judiciary Committee of the House to constitute a public enquiry into the reasons for this blunders committed by the Supreme Court in the 2020 Presidential election petition and other cases with the view to proposing appropriate remedial legislation.”

The press conference by the NDC was held against the backdrop of a recent report by the Ghana Statistical Service and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

The report of a research undertaken by the two state institutions, revealed that prosecutors, judges or magistrates were among the top three public officials who received the largest cash bribes paid in 2021.

According to the report, prosecutors, judges or magistrates placed 2nd with an average amount of GHC1,208 as cash bribes.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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If Akufo-Addo does not sign the anti-LGBT Bill, it will be politically suicide – Sam George

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If Akufo-Addo does not sign the anti-LGBT Bill, it will be politically suicide - Sam George

Samuel Nartey George, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Prampram, says it would be politically suicidal for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo not to sign the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill after Parliament passes it.

According to the MP, if the President does not assent to the bill, also known as the Promotion of Proper Sexual Human Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill, two-thirds of members of Parliament must vote in favour of the bill in order for it to become law.

Samuel George, speaking on Eyewitness News, stated that failure to approve the bill would be an indictment on the government.

“The President will be requested by Parliament to sign the bill into law. It will be politically suicidal, and it will mark the sound of a dead mill on his abysmal government if he said he was not going to sign that bill into law. That will be the beginning of the collapse of his government and his legacy. And so I don’t want to have that thought because I think that his advisers and handlers will advise him accordingly,” the Ningo Prampram MP said.

During a joint press conference with US Vice President Kamala Harris at the Jubilee House on Monday, President Akufo-Addo revealed that his government intervened to modify the current anti-LGBTQ Bill.

Kamala Harris also attempted to dismiss Ghana’s efforts to pass an anti-LGBTQ bill.

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, was outraged by the comments and called Akufo-Addo and Kamala Harris undemocratic.

“As the Vice President of the USA, Kamala Harris did yesterday, these things should not be tolerated, that is undemocratic. What is democracy? That someone should have to dictate to me what is good and what is bad? Unheard of, because we have decided to devalue ourselves and go begging? Come on, we have more than enough. God has created more than enough for every person, the Bill will be passed,” Bagbin added.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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Mahama and three other NDC flagbearer candidates to be vetted next week

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Mahama and three other NDC flagbearer candidates to be vetted next week

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it is preparing for the vetting of its flagbearer candidates, which is scheduled for March 28-29 in Accra.

During a press conference on Thursday, the party’s election committee led by Kakra Essamuah revealed this.

“I think this has been a wonderful experience. They came to file their nominations, and you can see that it was an exciting ceremony. The next step is the vetting; the presidential will take place on Tuesday, and the parliamentary vetting will be the next two weeks, probably the first week of April. We are working towards that,” he said.

A vetting committee will question the four candidates’ qualifications, ideologies, and party vision.

Once the committee completes its vetting, the aspirants may or may not appear on the ballot box on the day of the primaries, May 13, 2023.

The elections committee also stated that plans are still being made to hold elections in the 27 constituencies that were put on hold due to the opening of nominations for parliamentary primaries.

The NDC has closed the nomination period for all flagbearer candidates seeking to lead the party.

Former President John Dramani Mahama, former Finance Minister Dr Kwabena Duffuor, former Kumasi Mayor Kojo Bonsu, and businessman Ernest Kwaku Kobeah are the four aspirants who have successfully filed their nominations.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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Mahama submits nomination form to run for NDC flagbearer

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Mahama submits nomination form to run for NDC flagbearer

Former President John Dramani Mahama has officially filed his nomination form to run for the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress.

His forms were submitted on his behalf by a team led by Professor Joshua Alabi, the NDC’s Campaign Manager for the 2020 general elections.

While filling out the forms, Prof. Alabi urged NDC delegates to give John Dramani Mahama their full support as the party’s flagbearer.

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Mahama submits nomination form to run for NDC flagbearer

Speaking to the media after the exercise, Prof. Joshua Alabi stressed that “Our party is firmly united behind John Dramani Mahama. 2024 will not be easy, but everyone and the country keep saying that the NDC is returning, but you know, if you don’t protect what belongs to you, the thief will come for it, so we are not going to sleep even though the general belief is that the NDC is returning.”

“We will work hard to ensure a one-touch victory,” Mr Alabi assured.

Former Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Kwabena Duffuor, Ernest Krobeah Asante, and Kojo Bonsu are also running.

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