General News of Tuesday, 10 September 2013
A Deputy Minister for the Interior, James Agalga, has fired salvos at the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, describing his claim that the Supreme Court’s 5:4 Majority decision implies “President Mahama was not validly elected” as one that “smacks of ignorance of the law”.
The DI Executive Director stirred the hornet's nest with his assertion that the court mistakenly read out a reversed judgment.
According to him, after a careful study of the 588 page-long ruling, he believes five of the judges agreed with the petitioners' case as against four for the first respondent, John Dramani Mahama.
Otchere-Darko, in a six-page statement, suggested that what the Supreme Court did was "as if the Court’s main duty was to uphold the presidency of John Mahama rather than to uphold the Constitution of the Republic".
But the Deputy Interior Minister opines Gabby’s claims are “dangerous” and a “distortion of facts which should not be countenanced at all”.
To him, the interpretation and twist being given to the ruling by Asare Otchere-Darko is meant to pollute the minds of the general public which can eventually lead to confusion.
“This position Gabby has taken has the potential to confuse the public,” Hon. Agalga argued on Metro TV’s ‘Good Morning Ghana’.