- Supreme Court judge, Justice William Atuguba, is alleged to have opened up for the first
- His comments on the decision on the 2012 election petition is allegedly captured in a video making rounds on social media
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A justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, Justice William Atuguba has spoken for the first time of the reason behind the court’s verdict in the 2012 election petition.
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In a new documentary titled “The Election Petition” which is yet to be aired, explained the reason why the decision went in favour of former president John Dramani Mahama.
The then presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo and the then chairman of the party, the late Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, presented a petition to the Supreme Court.
They sought to contest the decision of the Electoral Commission (EC) with respect to the 2012 election results.
According to the petition, there were multiple infractions and irregularities and therefore John Mahama shouldn’t have been declared winner.
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The Supreme Court’s verdict generated a lot of debate on social media as Ghanaians expressed their opinions on the case.
In a trailer making rounds on social media, Justice Atuguba is alleged to have stated that per a discussion held at the British Council, there was an impression to the effect that a proper analysis of the verdict indicated that the case should have gone in favour of the plaintiffs.
He continued by saying that “quite clearly not and this kind of thing, you know, to the ordinary man will mean that something had drastically had gone wrong with the decision process and that it wasn’t the correct verdict. But that is very very unfortunate.”
Justice Atuguba is due to retire from the bench in the year 2018.
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