Gender minister Nana Oye Lithur has signed the petition for President John Mahama to grant a presidential pardon to the Montie FM presenter and panelists who were jailed by the Supreme Court.
The move comes days after Montie FM presenter Salifu Maase, aka, ‘Mugabe’ and panellists Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, were jailed by the Supreme Court for four months for contempt.
They had reportedly threatened to kill judges who ruled that the Electoral Commission should delete the names of 53,000 NHIS cards registrants from the voters register.
Lawyers for the three, Nana Ato Dazie and George Loh, however, described the sentence as “harsh and excessive”, stressing that Ghanaians must not be committed to prison for infractions on free expression especially in light of the repeal of the criminal libel law.
They subsequently opened the petition book to garner support for a presidential pardon.
Other high-profile personalities who have signed the boo include NPP founding member Dr Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe and education minister Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman.