‘Allow court to decide on petition’

Justice William Atuguba - Presiding JudgeJustice William Atuguba – Presiding JudgeThe Bishop of the Cape Coast Diocese of the Anglican Church, Rt. Rev. Daniel Sylvanus Adotei Allotey, has called on the leadership of the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party to have confidence in the Supreme Court and allow it to properly determine the outcome of the election petition case brought before it by the NPP.

In his view, the NPP showed maturity by proceeding to the court after it was dissatisfied with the outcome of the 2012 presidential election results declared by the Electoral Commission.

He said  the path chosen by the NPP was the best option available to them to seek redress.

Bishop Allotey stated this last Friday when he addressed the opening ceremony of the 23rd annual conference of the Anglican diocese of Cape Coast Mothers’ Union held at the St James Anglican Church at Agona Swedru.

The four-day event was held on the theme: “The seeds we sow” and was attended by about 50 members drawn from the various parishes of the church. The conference was also used to induct new members into the union.

He advised the media against conducting interviews with certain leaders of the NDC and the NPP on the election petition trial, since it was unnecessary.

According to him, the pronouncements of the general secretaries of the two political parties in the petition, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah of the NDC and Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie of the NPP since the beginning of the trial were  prejudicial.

He, therefore, called on them to desist from making further comments and allow the justices of the Supreme Court to determine the outcome of the trial.

He said utterances from the two leaders before and even when the trial began tended to undermine the integrity of the judiciary.

Fortunately, he said, the trial was being shown live on television which had given every Ghanaian the opportunity to follow the proceedings and that the post-courtroom sitting interviews by the media if not stopped could be a recipe for chaos and political tension in the country.

Story: Gilbert Mawuli Agbey