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General News of Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Source: joyonline

NPP's 'cry' for justice sickening - Deputy Minister

Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, John Alexander Ackon, has expressed worry about the opposition New Patriotic Party's (NPP) incessant calls for justice prior to the Supreme Court ruling on the presidential election petition.

He said at a time the country is polarized as a result of the election petition, it is disingenuous for the NPP to presume that justice is more important than peace.

Alexander Ackon was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme on Tuesday.

As the Supreme Court prepares to give its final verdict on August 29, the catch phrase that has dominated the airwaves is "there cannot be peace without justice"

According to the NPP, justice after the court verdict is the only essential way to sustain prevailing peace in the country – a position Alexander Ackon vehemently disagrees.

He said it is sickening, the cry for justice by the NPP "as if the Supreme Court does not dispense justice"

Mr. Ackon maintained that even though justice is essential, only the nine judges hearing the case can dispense it, not the NPP.

"What is NPP’s definition of justice? Does it mean that they won't accept the verdict if the court rules against them?" he quizzed.

The Deputy Chieftaincy Minister contended that the "no justice no peace" campaign is rather exacerbating the tension in the country.

Alexander Ackon advised the NPP to put Ghana first and seek the interest of the larger populace.

On the contrary, Deputy Communications Director of the NPP, John Boadu, described as unfortunate the comments by Mr. Ackon.

He said he is not surprised such comments are coming from a Minister because "members of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) panic when the word justice is mentioned".

The NPP man saw nothing wrong with the 'justice campaign' adding that it is a legitimate call.

John Boadu urged the NDC to quit playing the ostrich and focus its attention on more pressing issues confronting the nation.

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