General News of Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Source: The Herald
Retired Supreme Court Justice, Francis Yaonansu Kpegah has badly injured Nana Akufo-Addo’s reputation with his claim that the ex-New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer was not a qualified lawyer and that he has been impersonating a certain W. E. D. Akufo-Addo.
From Justice Kpegah’s writ, it has been discovered that Mr. Akufo-Addo was born William Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo but not Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
It has also been realized that Mr. Akufo-Addo’s certificates from both “The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple” in the United Kingdom (UK) as well as Ghana’s General Legal Council cannot be traced, therefore are all missing.
Additionally, it has shockingly emerged that Mr. Akufo-Addo, was the only person who was called to the Ghana Bar on Tuesday 8 July 1975 “at a meeting of the General Legal Council held at the Supreme Court, [inside] the Supreme Court Building.
Still none of Mr. Akufo-Addo’s Law School mates or lecturers has owned up to clear the air on his qualification as a lawyer and whether or not he is impersonating someone called W. E. D. Akufo-Addo.
So far, Mr. Akufo-Addo in his defense filed for him by Lawyer Frank Davies produced two vaguely written letters from questionable sources as exhibits merely dismissing Justice Kpegah’s writ at the court, which will be first heard on Tuesday, April 23, this year.
One of the letters was dully signed by a certain E. Bart-Plange Brew, Acting Administrative Secretary on behalf of Secretary to General Legal Council.
The other letter from “The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple” in the United Kingdom (UK) was only signed by an officer who only provided a signature and designation as Under Treasurer – Middle Temple, but failed to give his or her name despite having said that Mr. Akufo-Addo was “specially admitted” to Middle Temple on January 13, 1969 and passed July 22, 1971after passing the English Bar Examination.
Mr. Akufo-Addo’s supposed letter from the Middle Temple looked fictitious as it has no identification in terms of the society’s crest, logo or any identifiable emblem. Indeed, the letter looks forged.
A visit to the website of Middle Temple (www.middletemple.org.uk) reveals the society’s crest to be an oval-shaped crest with a knight of the Templar’s Red Cross with brown borders. It also has a white sheep that is leaning on a flagstaff ending in a cross at the top.
The Herald discovered that the officer in-charge of the Middle Temple society presently to be Master Treasurer, Christopher Symons QC and has his deputy to be Under Treasurer, Catherine Quinn. Strangely none of the two personalities appended his or her signature to the 2007 letter, authenticating it as coming from the Middle Temple.
Meanwhile, sources close to Justice Kpegah have said that Mr. Akufo-Addo as per the attached exhibit, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has openly admitted that ‘he has lost his qualifying and enrolment certificates of the Ghana School of Law’. But has “however surreptitiously, obtained a fiat from the General Legal Council, dated October 16, 2007, to represent the two lost certificates. Is this not intriguing?
“We now have a second Sheikh IC Quaye who is no other than the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party. Justice Kpegah to all intends and purposes has been vindicated! They have also filed an application to dismiss the action against them as frivolous, vexacious, abuse of the process and disclosing no reasonable cause of action”.
The sources went on “the question that arises is: why is Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo running away from defending the substantive matter in the suit which is that, he is not qualified to practice law in Ghana?
“Additionally, the Letter purporting to serve as confirmation of Nana Addo’s enrolment into the Ghana School of Law is dated October 16, 2007. Impliedly, Nana Addo has been without valid qualifying and enrolment certificates per the letter, since 2007.This clearly is an apt representation of fraud of legendary proportions.
“Furthermore, it should be noted that the letter purporting to confirm that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo lost his qualifying and practicing certificates, was signed by one E. Bart-Plange Brew who, was the Acting Administrative Secretary to the General Legal Council at the time, undoubtedly raising serious red flags as to the propriety of the act.
“Nana is resorting rather shamefully to Kangaroo tactics to avoid staging a defence against the action. The Law will however, not admit such trivialities. Please give this an urgent consideration”