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Politics of Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Source: Johnson Asiedu Nketiah

NDC Condemns Statement By Sam Okudjeto

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has noted with concern and disappointment the reaction of Mr. Sam Okudjeto a private legal practitioner, at public pleas to the President, John Dramani Mahama to invoke Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution to free the Muntie trio.
The Muntie trio; Mr. Godwin Arko Gunn, Mr. Alistair Nelson and Mr. Salifu Maase were last week sentenced four months each in prison for scandalising the Supreme Court.
Mr. Okudjeto, who is supposed to be an accomplished legal practitioner, is vehemently opposed to the petition by lawyers of the trio and, pleas from civil society organizations, traditional rulers and a large section of the nation to President Mahama to pardon the convicts. Mr. Okudjeto is reported to have said in a section of the media that any attempt or act by the President to pardon the three convicts would mean the President arranging his own funeral.
The NDC considers this statement from Mr. Okudjeto not only as a threat to President Mahama’s life but also, a danger to the very foundation of the country’s Constitution, the people, and democracy, especially when such baseless and dangerous pronouncement is coming from a supposed seasoned and experienced legal practitioner of no mean repute.
While condemning this unfortunate statement in no uncertain terms, the NDC also calls on the Police and the security agencies to invite Mr. Okudjeto to answer for such reckless and irresponsible statement since it is pregnant with unimaginable provocation to lawlessness and chaos.
Johnson Asiedu Nketiah
General Secretary.