The Ranking Member on Parliament's Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Inusah Fuseini has expressed disappointment over the nomination of Justice Anin Yeboah as the new Chief Justice.
According to him, the most Senior Justice at the Apex Court, Justice Jones Dotse should have been nominated instead.
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, nominated Justice Anin Yeboah as the new Chief Justice of Ghana earlier today [Thursday].
Reacting to the news of the nomination in Parliament, the Tamale Central MP could not fathom how Justice Dotse was bypassed.
He lamented that this nomination means that “the chances of Dotse [to be Chief Justice] are closed because he is older than Anim Yeboah.”
“Justice Dotse was my prefered candidate because he is the most senior [judge] on the bench… at the time that they were appointing Sophia Akuffo, Dotse’s name came up forcefully.”
The President has forwarded the name of Justice Yeboah to Parliament, as required by Article 144 (1) of the 1992 Constitution.
Justice Anin Yeboah is currently the fourth longest-serving Justice of the Supreme Court.
He was appointed to the Supreme Court by President John Agyekum Kufuor in June 2008. Prior to that, he had served as a Justice of the High Court from 2002 to 2003 and a Justice of the Court of Appeal from 2003 to 2008.
Justice Anin Yeboah's name is also closely associated with football.
In May 2017, he was appointed the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).
In September 2019 he was named onto the CAF/FIFA Reform Implementation Taskforce team for African football.
He was appointed along with five others to carry out reforms within African football.
He also served as the Chairman of the Appeal's Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) from 2004 to 2008.