The opposition NDC has asked the Chief Justice to withdraw his petition against the former Deputy Attorney General Dr. Dominic Ayine. According to the NDC the CJ’s action amounts to judicial tyranny. The Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah has written to the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council asking it investigate the Bolgatanga East MP over some comments he made about the 2020 Election Petition at a round table discussion organized by the CDD. The CJ in his petition accuses Dr. Ayine of questioning the independence of the Judiciary due to the manner the Supreme Court adjudicated the 2020 presidential election petition.
But addressing a news conference in Accra on the matter, General Secretary of the NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia condemned the actions of the CJ. According to the NDC scribe the move is meant to suppress dissenting views.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, we wish to reiterate the fact that the invitation of Dr. Ayine to appear before the General Legal Council is yet another attempt by the Chief Justice to intimidate and suppress views that are at variance with his views. Even if the Chief Justice disagrees with Dr. Ayine’s views or deems same as erroneous, the statements made were decorous expressions of opinion about a judgement delivered by the Supreme Court and do not warrant professional discipline”.
Mr. Asiedu Nketiah added that the country constitutional democracy will be threatened if the CJ’s petition is heard.
“Our progressive march as a constitutional democracy will suffer a grave setback if the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council were to proceed to hold an inquiry into this matter of Dr. Ayine’s statements at the CDD event. Our Constitution and laws protect the integrity and independence of the judiciary and not the sensibilities of judges. Judicial vanity is a threat to justice and must not be countenanced in any democracy. We therefore join well-meaning Ghanaians to demand that the Chief Justice withdraws his petition against Dr. Ayine forthwith. We further serve notice that as a political party, we are keenly following events, and shall resist judicial tyranny with all our might”. Mr. Asiedu Nketiah stated.