A legal practitioner and law lecturer at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA) Accra, Mr Justice Abdulai has said that citing the spokesperson for the petitioner, Dr Dominic Ayine for contempt might be too much looking at his caliber of person.
According to him, all though his utterances after Tuesday, February 16 Supreme Court proceedings was undesirable, a contempt might not be fair.
“I hear people were calling for contempt and other things but I think is too much considering the kind of person he is, it might not be fair”.
He explained the utterances from Mr Ayine after the Supreme Court dismissed the petitioner’s application to re-open his case were unlike the renowned law professional many looked up to and condemned the action in all uncertainty.
Dr Ayine’s comment unpalatable, undesirable
He described the National Democratic Party (NDC) member and Bolgatanga East law maker’s comment as undesirable, unpalatable and unbelievable.
“And the worse part of the comments of yesterday by Dr Ayine….. This is a former deputy attorney general for God sake, crying out loud and saying the kind of things about the Supreme Court, this is a person others look up to. He is a nice man, very intelligent as far as I know and the kind of comment he made very unpalatable, so undesirable in fact so unlike him that I just couldn’t believe he was saying some of these things”.
The legal practitioner explained it was high time both parties in the ongoing election petition know that they were all contributing to the country’s democracy and advised that they find a better way to engage their supporters without raising their hopes high.
“But Johnnie the bottom line remain that this people know better, in fact they ought to know better if they do not know already that we are all helping to build a sustainable democracy so if you think there is pressure from your supporters there should be a way to address them without raising the hopes higher”.
Election petition: There’s a predetermined agenda to rule against petitioner – Dominic Ayine
Dr Dominic Ayine, a member of the petitioner, John Dramani Mahama’s legal team on Tuesday said there seem to be a “predetermined agenda” by the Apex Court to rule against the petitioner in the ongoing election petition.
“….. these are germane issues under the constitution of Ghana and to reduce the petition into a single issue petition is rather unfortunate and smacks of a predetermined agenda to rule against the petitioner in this matter,” he said.
His comment follows the court’s decision to dismiss an application filed by the petitioner to re-open his case to enable him subpoena the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission(EC) to testify after Respondents elect not to testify.
Social media has since been calling for the astute lawyer and politician to be cited for contempt of court.