UPDATED: Sammy Awuku Faces ‘Sanhedrin’…Meets Atuguba & Panel
“Out of coverage” Deputy Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammy Awuku, who was declared “wanted” albeit in an implied manner, by the Presiding Judge in the ongoing Election Petition hearing has appeared before the Supreme Court.
The NPP youth activist, who spoke to peacefmonline a short while ago, turned himself in personally following reports that the bench had not taken lightly to his (Awuku’s) reaction to their (panel’s) “final warning”.
It will be recalled that on Monday, the Court issued what it termed as its “final” warning to the media and party representatives that it would not hesitate in handing down sanctions to anyone found culpable of “twisting” and “spinning” information in relation to the court proceedings.
Justice William Atuguba who issued the warning said the “uncontrolled power” that had been acquired by the media and party representatives would be “halted” if they continued to present “unacceptable” statements to the consuming public.
It was the third time the court had issued a warning to both the media and the parties since the petition got underway, warning over inexactitudes in the manner proceedings were reported or the manipulation of same.
But on PeaceFM’s “Kokrokoo” Morning Show, the NPP’s Dep Dir of Communications described the court’s warning as “hypocritical and selective”.
To him, the nine-member panel led by Justice Atuguba was choosy in citing precisely the report by the Daily Guide newspaper that some boxes containing pink sheets in his custody had been retrieved, adding that the warning seemed to sideline the NPP and pro-NPP newspapers.
He cited instances where members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had made pre-judicial statements and thought it fair that Justice Atuguba mentioned them as well.
“Dela Edem is sitting in the studio saying that the court petition is a waste of time. If you cannot control the NDC panelist in the studio then it’s unfair. He has already judged the case. The president who is a party to the issues in court says he won freely, clearly; and he went back to his party headquarters saying that the court would judge in his favour. Does that mean we are there for showmanship?”
“Kakra Asamoah, a member of the NDC communications team said if the NPP won this case he would support a coup d’état. This order did not come…Gabby Asumeng said on OK FM that if Nana is declared winner on the face of the pink sheet there would be civil war in Ghana. The Alhajj, Informer, Network Herald all report on the court proceedings. Is it only Daily Guide that reports on the court proceedings?” he asked.
Mr Awuku further noted that the Supreme Court judges were democrats and thus should be opened up for criticisms on their decisions.
On Wednesday, as the court sat to continue the hearing of the election petition challenging the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, President of the Nine-member panel of judges adjudicating on the case, Justice William Atuguba, specifically Sammy Awuku’s name and asked if he was in court, explaining that the Court had been informed of his comments and interpretation of the Court’s decisions at its last sitting on Monday.