- Dr. Dominic Ayine was cited for contempt for making some disparaging comments against the Supreme Court during the 2020 election petition trial
- He was hauled before the court on February 22 for the scandalous comment
- The court ordered him to go and apologise which he did leading to him being discharged
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The Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, is reportedly not happy with Dr. Dominic Ayine.
Justice Anin-Yeboah asked the General Legal Council (GLC) to investigate comments the former Deputy Attorney General and Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East made during a CDD-Ghana roundtable discussion.
The discussion was dubbed: ‘Presidential Election Petitions and their Impact on Africa’s Democracy’.
Dr. Ayine reportedly questioned the independence of the seven-member Supreme Court that sat on the 2020 election petition, accusing it of “constantly putting hurdles” in the way of John Dramani Mahama “in terms of adducing evidence” to prove his case.
He said the Supreme Court didn’t faithfully apply the rules of procedure during the trial, saying: “I am sure for ordinary Ghanaians or the electorate generally, the fact that the Supreme Court judges – all nine of them – on almost every application was unanimous in rejecting and dismissing the case of the petitioner was very telling in terms of the open-mindedness or otherwise of the Justices as far the petition was concerned and for me as a Lawyer.”
The Chief Justice, therefore, deems the comments by the former Deputy Attorney General “disparaging… and totally unacceptable”.
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In a May 25, 2021 petition addressed to the Chairman of the General Legal Council signed by the Judicial Secretary, Justice Cynthia Pamela Addo, the Chief Justice called for the investigations into the comments.
It will be recalled Dr. Ayine, a member of the legal team of former President John Dramani Maham during the election petition trial, was cited for contempt for saying in one of his post-trial interviews that the court had a “predetermined agenda” to rule against the former president.
He was hauled before the court on February 22 for the scandalous comment. The court ordered him to go and apologise.
He rendered an unconditional apology on the same day, admitting that he went overboard and was reckless concerning the “remarks that I made.”
The court then discharged him on Thursday, February 25, 2021.
Mahama petitioned the apex court after rejecting the outcome of the presidential polls.
He argued in his petition that the December 9 declaration by the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo won the presidential election was flawed.
The Apex Court, however, dismissed the petition, stating that it cannot order a rerun of the 2020 presidential polls.
The panel held that the former president failed to adduce “cogent evidence” to back his claims that there was no winner in the December 7, 2020, presidential elections.