May 30, 2024

Special Aid to former President John Dramani Mahama, Lawyer Joyce Bawah Mogtari  has described as a reckless and prejudicial statement by President Akufo-Addo about the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for Assin North.

Bawah Mogtari said the President’s comments on the Gyakye Quayson case is a clear indication that the Judicial system has been manipulated for political purposes.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has declared that the people of Assin North deserve a Member of Parliament who is not dogged by court cases.

He was speaking on June 25 at the final rally of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Fosu where the party tasked supporters to turn out massively and vote for the party’s parliamentary candidate, Charles Opoku.

Akufo-Addo held that voting Charles Opoku will mean choosing a lawmaker who is not bedeviled by other issues but who can focus on legislative duties.

He was referring to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate James Gyakye Quayson who is standing to win a seat he was ousted from by the Supreme Court last month and is currently facing criminal charges at an Accra High Court.

The president said the case of Quayson, a dual nationality case is likened to that of a former NPP MP for Bawku Central who was jailed for contesting for a parliamentary seat despite holding Ghanaian and British citizenship.

He explained: “That Ghanaians easily forget and that is why he (John Mahama) said that. What happened to Adamu Dramani Sakande during his presidency, he seems to have forgotten. It is the exact same thing that has befallen Quayson.

But Lawyer Bawah Mogtari on a twitter post wrote: “Good morning everyone! my we have have all heard @NAkufoAddo! As President, he has made utterly reckless and prejudicial statements about the Hon James Gyakye Quayson case, prematurely manipulating the judicial system as a campaign tactic”. she tweeted.

The by-election has attracted a lot of political activity in the past few weeks. Campaigns ended on June 25 ahead of the vote.