- According to him, it is scandalous to denigrate the justices of the court when a ruling did not go in one’s favour
- Dr. Dominic Ayine has accused the justices of having an agenda against them
- He made the claim after their application to reopen their case was denied
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Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has described as troubling suggestions by the communication team of former President, John Dramani Mahama, in the ongoing election petition trial that Tsatsu Tsikata is brighter than all the justices hearing the case.
“…how can it be that the petitioner’s communication team…argues that the seven justices or the nine justices are always wrong in law and only Mr. Tsikata is the one who understands the law, knows the law and is therefore always right?” he asked. “It cannot be.”
The comments by the Information Minister-designate came on the back of accusations that the Supreme Court had a predetermined agenda against Mahama, the petitioner in the trial.
Oppong Nkrumah said the accusation made by former Deputy Attorney General, Dr. Dominic Ayine was not fair to the judicial system, Ghana’s democracy, and the people of Ghana.
“That is scandalous of the court,” he stated.
Dr. Ayine, one of the spokespersons of the former president’s legal team said he would welcome any punishment meted him by the court for disparaging it.
He made the fiery accusation after the court rejected the application by the Mahama to reopen his case.
“I won’t begrudge them. But that honestly wasn’t meant to disparage the court or bring its reputation into disrepute,” he told Accra-based Starr FM.
That notwithstanding, he said he had no intention whatsoever of scandalising the court. But, if he came across as having done that, he would apologize and withdraw.
The former Attorney General’s accusation drew loads of critical reactions on social media.
His comment was met with outrage on social media with users calling on the court to cite him for contempt.
Read some of the reactions below….
@YAbbanx: If you ask me, the Supreme Court has had it easy with the NDC lawyers. Dominic Ayine continues to drag the name of the bench into the mud. He must be charged with contempt of court. #AyineForContempt
@TheteamMelody: Don't insult and twist the ruling of the Supreme Court judges when you meet the media. Dominic Ayine is losing his way. He was once an Attorney #AyineForContempt
@i_am_dindo: Why is the former Deputy Attorney General, Dr. Dominic Ayine(Hon.) is addressing the press on a very high temperament.
@anthonio_4real: Dominic Ayine will surely be sanctioned. He is getting emotional with the Press Conference
@RickySimony: Whichever way you look at, Dr. Dominic Ayine could've done better. It shouldn't necessarily be #AyineForContempt but he should mind his utterances going forward. The Judiciary shouldn't be brought into our partizan politicking ever❗❗
@MaameThis: The Supreme Court has to hold Dominic Ayine to a higher standard. He served as Attorney General before and must definitely set a better example. Patapaa no adɔɔso. He has to answer for the misguided utterances today. #AyineForContempt
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@eadjeibeko: ''pre-determined agenda to rule against the petitioner'' ...; coming from Dominic Ayine, in my opinion, unfair to the bench and the law profession! #ElectionPetition
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