Akufo-Addo needed "incompetent" NDC lawyers to win maritime case - Asiedu Nketia

Akufo-Addo needed "incompetent" NDC lawyers to win maritime case - Asiedu Nketia

Ghana's victory in the maritime boundary dispute against Cote D'Ivoire was aided by the brilliance and competence of lawyers from the erstwhile John Mahama administration, General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has said.

According to him, competent lawyers from the erstwhile government played a huge role in securing victory for Ghana, adding that winning the case would have almost been impossible without the inputs of the NDC lawyers.

Akufo-Addo needed "incompetent" NDC lawyers to win case maritime case - Asiedu Nketia

Asiedu Nketia, NDC's general secretary

Ghana has been in a legal tussle with neighbours Cote D'Ivoire for the better part of the last four years on who actually owns the oil fields at the maritime boundary.

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The long-debated matter ended up at the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) after Côte d'Ivoire accused Ghana of crossing their territory in exploring oil at the maritime boundary.

However, on Saturday, September23, 2017, the ITLOS delivered a historic verdict in favour of Ghana - a ruling that finally brought an end the long-standing legal battle between both West African nations.

The team of lawyers who defended Ghana was led by former Attorney General under the Mahama-led government,  Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, as well as current Attorney General, Sophia Akuffo.

They argued that Ghana neither violated the sovereignty rights nor even crossed the territorial boundaries of Cote D'Ivoire, hence had done no wrong in exploiting oil at the maritime boundary.

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The Special Chamber of ITLOS subsequently upheld the the argument of Ghana, and dismissed that of their neighbours on grounds of lacking merit.

This, Asiedu Nketia believes, should tell each Ghanaian how efficient NDC lawyers are, contrary to the "incompetent" tag placed on them by members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2016 election period.

In an interview with Adom FM, he said government would not have relied so much on lawyers of the erstwhile Mahama government if they were truly incompetent.

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He is therefore calling on government to issue an unqualified apology to the NDC for wrongly labeling it as inefficient and incompetent.

The NDC National Organiser went on to take a swipe at the legal brains within the NPP, saying they are just being overhyped.

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He particularly praised the efforts of late President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, as well as ex-President John Mahama, for relentlessly pushing on with the case despite pressure to have them withdraw.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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