- Tsatsu Tsikata has asked Justice Clemence Honyenugah to recuse himself from the case
- According to the veteran legal luminary, the judge had a strong personal bond with Amewu
- But, the apex court threw out his objection
The Supreme Court has thrown out Tsatsu Tsikata’s objection seeking the recusal of one of the justices sitting on the John Peter Amewu’s case.
Amewu’s eligibility to be sworn in as a Member of the eight Parliament is being challenged by some individuals.
Tsikata, who is the lawyer for the five raised an objection to the inclusion of Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga on the five-member panel presided by Justice Yaw Appau.
The rest of the members are Justice Samuel Marful-Sau, Justice Gertrude Torkunor, and Justice Amadu Tanko.
According to Tsikata, Honyenugah has a “strong personal relationship,” with Amewu, who is also Ghana’s Energy Minister, Starr FM reported.
Honyenugah refused to recuse himself, arguing that he has no personal relationship with Amewu, compelling Tsikata to formerly move an objection to his existence on the panel.
However, in a unanimous ruling on Monday, January 4, 2020, the five-member panel of the apex court held that there was no merit in the objection raised by Tsikata.
The court held that an allegation of bias against a judge was a serious case that must be backed with “irresistible evidence”, graphic.com.gh reported.
Meanwhile, An Accra Circuit Court has charged the minority leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, with unlawful assembly for marching to the headquarters of the Electoral Commission (EC).
Iddrisu was charged alongside 19 other National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs).
Iddrisu on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, led his colleagues to petition the chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa over the parliamentary results of Techimman South seat which was called for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Barred from going beyond a barricade around the Ridge Roundabout, Iddrisu led the opposition MPs to break through the barricade in defiance leading to a serious brawl with security officers manning the EC premises.
The MPs were reportedly physically manhandled by the police for being “obstinate.”
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In other news, about 6000 security officers including personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces have been earmarked to police the inauguration of President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
Akufo-Addo was re-elected for another four-year term in the 2020 presidential polls, polling 51.302% of the votes to defeat the presidential candidate of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama.
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