The President of the Republic Nana Akufo-Addo has taken a swipe at former president John Dramani Mahama for accusing him of being corrupt.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, former president John Dramani Mahama’s recent utterances are a brazen attack on the independence of the Judiciary.
Speaking at the Ghana Bar Association Conference in Cape Coast 2023, he said Mr Mahama's statements would be sufficient justification for Ghanaians to reject the NDC in the 2024 general elections.
“I have gone into this matter in some detail because of a new concept that has been recently introduced into our public discourse by no less a public figure than the 4th President of the 4th Republic, the perennial NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, who has told the world that I have packed the courts with so-called “NPP judges”, and that one of the key purposes of a putative NDC victory in 2024 will be to enable him balance the courts with so-called “NDC judges”.
“Not only are these concepts of “NPP” and “NDC” judges new in our public discourse, but they are also extremely dangerous, and represent the most brazen attack on the independence of the judiciary by any allegedly responsible politician of the 4th Republic. They provide another reason, if more were needed, why right-thinking citizens should ensure the defeat in 2024 of the man whom the first Special Prosecutor identified as Government Official No.1, in the still unresolved Airbus Bribery Scandal,” Nana Akufo-Addo stated.
On Saturday, September 2, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama claimed that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had appointed 80 to 100 NPP judges to the bench in order to avoid accountability when he went to opposition.
He urged NDC members to "balance out" the bench during the closing ceremony of the 3rd Annual Lawyers Conference of the NDC.