General News of Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Charlotte Osei must know that “what goes around comes around”, flagbearer of the All People’s Congress (APC) in the 2016 general elections, Hassan Ayariga has said vis-à-vis a petition for the removal of the election management body’s boss.
“Nobody is above the law, not even the president of the republic. Nobody is above impeachment when you go contrary to the rules and regulations of the institutions you occupy if you abuse power or you are found to be corrupt. And like I said, nobody is above impeachment, not even the president of the republic of Ghana is above impeachment,” Mr Ayariga told Moro Awudu on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Tuesday, 12 December.
Mrs Osei has written to the President and the Chief Justice to be given copies of the petition filed against her.
Meanwhile, the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is claiming Mrs Osei being witch-hunted by the current administration.
Br Mr Ayariga told Moro Awudu that the petition against Mrs Osei was filed by “genuine members” of the EC, and “not members of another political party.”
“I don’t think that this is coming from the corridors of the NPP like my brothers in the NDC are claiming.
“This is not an issue of witch-hunting as my brothers in the NDC want us to believe, no no,” Mr Ayariga said.
He also wondered why Mrs Osei would now be writing to the presidency and the CJ asking for a copy of the petition when she had already responded to the allegations made against her.
“And I hear her asking of the petition to be given a copy. Is Madam Charlotte Osei serious? Is she telling us she doesn’t know what the petition against her is? Is she serious about this? If she is not aware, how come she responded to all those allegations? Please for God’s sake, sometimes when you talk, don’t think you are the only one who has common sense and who has monopoly of knowledge, everybody … This case came out five months ago, you never asked for a copy of the petition, today now that you are in court, you want a copy?”
In Mr Ayariga’s view, karma is catching up with Mrs Osei for high-handedness against the APC and other political parties ahead of the 2016 elections.
“I even wanted to send her to court after the elections, but upon advice from friends and other things, we have forgiven her for the unfortunate events she had carried out against us, we have allowed it to go, we wish her well wherever she is going. But she should always remember: what goes around comes around. And that no matter your position in this country, you need to be fair to every ordinary person because where you are today, tomorrow somebody will be there.”