- Akufo-Addo has opened up on why Charlotte Osei and other EC Commissioners were sacked
- He revealed that no citizen of Ghana was above the laws of the country so he acted on the recommendation of the Committee
- Akufo-Addo added that he was equally pained by the action
- Madam Charlotte Osei and two other deputies were removed from office on grounds of misbehavior and incompetence
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has opened up on the removal of Mrs. Charlotte Osei and her two deputies from office, indicating that even though the decision was a tough one, he had no choice but to take it.
According to a report sighted on 3news.com, the president, who was speaking to the Ghanaian community in Nouakchott, Mauritania, justified his decision, indicating that he had no option but to act in accordance with the law.
According to the president, he would have wished he could disagree with the committee or be allowed to conduct his own investigation before taking the decision.
“I don’t have the power to say I disagree with the Committee; the law does not give me the power to investigate on my own to say I disagree with the committee,” he told the gathering.”
“The law says whatever recommendation the committee will present, I as the President, ought to obey and implement. That is why I removed Madam Charlotte Osei and her two deputies from Office,” Akufo-Addo explained.
Mrs. Osei and two of her deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwa, were on Thursday, June 28 removed from office as Commissioners of the Electoral Commission (EC) by Nana Akufo-Addo on grounds of “stated misbehavior and incompetence”.
Their removal was on the back of recommendations from a committee set up by the Chief Justice to investigate the three on allegations brought against them by some staff of the Commission in July 2017.
President Akufo-Addo said Ghana believed in the Rule of Law therefore, “We can’t look at somebody and say because of your beauty the law does not apply to you; that is not how the law works.”
He added, “The law is applicable to everyone in Ghana including me. If you do anything against the law, the law ought to be applied. It is painful but that’s what has happened”
Nana Akufo-Addo pleaded with Ghanaians to understand his decision irrespective of how sad and painful it was, adding that, “We should all understand that it is not because of hatred or because we just wanted ways to remove her from office”.
He said processes would soon begin to replace the three-sacked commissioners and called for support of all Ghanaians when the time comes.
“I urge Ghanaians to let understanding prevail in this matter so we look for new people who will come and work without any squabbles between them", Nana Akufo-Addo pleaded.
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