This new petition by the PPP was opened as a counter to another petition which seeks to solicit one million signatures in support of freeing the convicts.
Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn, and Salifu Maase, aka Mugabe, were sentenced to a four-month jail term after they were cited for contempt by the Supreme Court for scandalising and bringing the name of the bench into disrepute.
The convicted trio had earlier threatened to kill justices of the court during a discussion on political talk show Pampaso, hosted by ‘Mugabe’ on Accra-based Montie FM.
Supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) along with friends and family of the convicted three, have since their sentencing, been mounting pressure on President Mahama to grant them pardon by invoking his prerogative of mercy powers under Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution.
The PPP said in opening their counter petition noted that it would be "wrong" for John Mahama to issue a presidential pardon to the three.
“It will be a wrong move for the president to respond positively to the petition [to free the contemnors]. …We will also collect signatures for people to support the Supreme Court of Ghana and support the culture of decency in our politics.”
The founder and flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, has signed the counter petition book launched by his party.