The driver who petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to remove the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood from office has written demanding action.
Ernest Obiri Lartey in February petitioned the president accusing the Chief Justice of violating Article 146(8) of the constitution with the way she handled the judiciary bribery scandal.
The driver in his petition, indicated that the 34 judges who were dismissed were not given the chance to respond to the claims made against them before they were indicted following a petition to then president John Mahama for their removal from office.
In Mr Lartey’s view, the Chief Justice should have allowed the accused judges to respond to the petition before she released details of the petition to the media and subsequently allowed the screening of the documentary detailing the alleged bribery.
He said the Chief Justice deliberately violated the constitution when she discussed the contents of the petition from journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas prior to its submission. This he said constituted ex parte communication.
Since Mr Lartey’s petition, however, the president has not commented on the issue, neither has the Chief Justice been fired.
This for him, this is worrying. In a letter to the president to remind him about his request, Mr. Lartey said “…the petition is very dear to my heart and I intend to pursue it to its logical conclusion.”
He added that, “Mr President, I am respectfully reminding you of the pendency of my petition and do humbly implore you to take prompt action on same.”
Below is a copy of the letter
RE: PETITION PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 146 OF THE 1992 CONSTITUTION FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE, MRS JUSTICE GEORGINA THEODORA WOOD
On 10m February 2017,1 was compelled, as a citizen of Ghana, to address to you a petition for the removal of the Chief Justice, Mrs Justice G.T. Wood for her unlawful violation of the Constitution, incompetence and holding ex-parte communication.
I personally delivered the said petition at your offices on 13th February, 2017. Unfortunately, your good offices are yet to acknowledge receipt of my said Petition. Also,
I have not been informed as to whether any action has been taken or not.
Your Excellency, the petition is very dear to my heart and I intend to pursue it to its logical conclusion.
Mr President, I am respectfully reminding you of the pendency of my petition and do humbly implore you to take prompt action on same.
God bless our homeland Ghana and make us bold to defend the course of Justice.
Ernest Obiri Lartey