Some "big names" in the incumbent National Democratic Congress have signed a petition calling for the release of the jailed contemnors in the Montie FM Saga.
Following the sentencing of Salifu Maase, popularly known as Mugabe, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn to a four-month jail term, there have been many adverse reactions to the court ruling. One of such reactions resulted in the opening of a petition book by a group called Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP).
The RAP seeks to collect signatures that will be used as the basis to ask for a presidential pardon from President John Dramani Mahama for the jailed contemnors.
Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn who are both members of the National Democratic Congress were alongside Mugabe found guilty of contempt after they threatened to kill judges sitting on the voters’ register case. And it would seem the NDC - to which the panelists pledge their loyalty - is ready to come to their salvation.
The petition by RAP was signed by Deputy Chief of Staff, Valerie Sawyer, who has held many top positions in the NDC-led government.
Another NDC big-wig who has signed the petition is Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare also signed the petition book.
Also throwing support behind the Montie 3 is Deputy Minister of Energy and Petroleum, Benjamin Dagadu.
Despite these top NDC officials who have signed the petition book publicly, it is believed that other members of the party have called for a release of the Montie 3. Many supporters of the party claim the judgment passed was "vindictive" of the NDC and will oppress free speech and press freedom in Ghana.
Apart from the jail sentence, each of the three contemnors has been fined a sum of GHS10000.
Owners of the station including Mr. Harry Zakkour, who is also the second vice-chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress, as well as Mr. Edward Addo, Ato Ahwoi, and Kwesi Kyei Atuah, have been fined GHS30000 each. They are to pay the fine by the end of Thursday, July 28 or risk a month’s jail term.