Former President and flagbearer for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has accused the president of the republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, of appointing most of his party sympathisers to the bench to do his bidding.
This, Mr. Mahama noted, is to enable the president and his appointees to evade accountability after they have left office.
He made this claim when he was addressing the closing ceremony of the 3rd Annual Lawyers Conference of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Saturday, September 2, 2023.
According to him, the judiciary is packed with NPP-inclined judges because this government has carried out a deliberate policy of putting their people onto the bench.”
“He has appointed the biggest number of judges onto the bench; it is more than 80 towards 100 and counting. You can see what the current president has done. He has packed the court, and we know they have packed the court because they want to avoid accountability after they have left office”. The former president added
He also called on NDC members to take up careers on the bench in order to “balance out” the judiciary.
“So, I encourage some of you to look at careers on the bench so that we can balance out what the current situation is. We must be prepared as NDC legal persons to also go onto the bench so that we can balance out the judiciary,” he urged.
His comments have since generated attention among the general public, with some condemning the politicisation of the judiciary.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Ghana