General News of Saturday, 16 December 2017
Deputy General Secretary of National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Koku Anyidoho has confirmed a long time rumour of the party after assuming office in 2009 planned to hound the then Chief Justice (CJ), Madam Georgina Theodora Wood from office.
According to the outspoken former Presidential Spokesperson, after taking office from New Patriotic Party (NPP), some elements in the party petitioned the late President John Mahama for the removal of then appointed under the previous administration
“Some of our people thought that the former CJ must be removed so they petitioned the late President Atta Mills”, the former Presidential Spokesperson revealed.
“But the President ignored their petition because he taught that was not the best way to go”, Koku Anyidoho spoke on Kumasi-based Nhyira FM morning show hosted by Kofi Asante.
According to him, the President Akufo-Addo also has every right to ignore the petition seeking to impeach the chairperson of the Electoral Commission Madam Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Georgina Opoku Amankwa and Amadu Sulley.
“I was expecting President Akufo-Addo not to entertain the petition as President Mills did”, Koku Anyidoho stated.
“The President could have used his executive and discretionary powers to decide that the petition would not have gone to the Chief Justice and it will not see the light of the day”.
The admission of Koku Anyidoho confirms revelations by the former Chief Justice who retired in June this year how she endured heated calls on her to resign during the late President John Evans Atta Mills’ administration.
Speaking at a thanksgiving Service to celebrate her 70th birthday, at the Ringway Assemblies of God church in Accra, Georgina Wood said for the support and encouragement of Justice Jones Dotse, a Justice of the Supreme Court, she would have resigned.
“…Can you imagine; a full vessel, an array of the men and women who matter at the time with the press in full array asking you to resign,” she said, adding that a message she received on her phone also comforted her hence her decision to carry on.
“Each single one of you added value to my life. You’re the people who gave me hope and helped us to succeed… that is why I don’t forget Justice Dotse. He has stood by me and has received some of the beatings through no fault of his, except he was helping to do God’s work… It will be difficult on my part that as soon as I exit I forget; I will not. I pray that all the good plans he (Dotse) has God helps him to realize,” she added.