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Anin Yeboah sworn in as 14th Chief Justice of Ghana

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sworn into office the 14th Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, Justice Anin Yeboah, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of the Judiciary.

Addressing the investiture ceremony of the Chief Justice of the Republic at the Jubilee House, after administering the Oath of Allegiance, the Judicial Oath and the Oath of Secrecy, President Akufo-Addo, observed that the presence of almost all Justices of the Supreme Court at the vetting of the Chief Justice by the Appointments Committee of Parliament was an honourable gesture.

“I am hopeful that this same level of support will be forthcoming as he assumes the mantle of the Head of the Judiciary. To his colleagues on the bench and members of the Bar, I urge your continued solidarity and corporation with the new Chief Justice to promote the rule of law. That will be in line with the finest traditions of the Bench and the Bar and will help enhance the welfare of our people” President Akufo-Addo stated.

On his expectations of the new Chief Justice as he begins his new role as head of the country’s Judiciary, President Akufo-Addo said he expects “decency, discipline, fairness, hard work, deep-seated respect for the rule of law and the continuing modernization of Judicial activities to be the hallmarks of his era as Chief Justice”.

President Akufo-Addo in his remarks further noted that it is extremely important that Ghana has a Judiciary that commands the respect of its people. He added that “it is vitally important that we have judges who are honest, possess integrity and sound knowledge of the law”.

He, therefore, charged the Chief Justice to ensure that during his term in office, the Judicial Service can confidently be said to be such.

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President Akufo-Addo also assured the Chief Justice that the most pressing needs of the Judiciary such as their infrastructure challenges which directly affects the delivery of Justice in Ghana will be given the needed attention it deserves from the government.

“I assure Chief Justice Anin Yeboah that I will be a trusted partner of the Judiciary so that the Executive and the Judiciary can co-operate in the spirit of mutual respect to promote Good Governance for the advancement of people” the President opined.

Chief Justice Anin Yeboah in his first statement after his swearing-in said he is Honoured to have been appointed as Chief Justice of Ghana. He registered his sincere thanks to the President, the Council of State and Parliament for the various constitutional roles they played leading to his appointed as Chief Justice.

He further indicated that there some urgent issues that came up during his vetting by Parliament will be given all the attention it deserves in order to find lasting solutions to them.

“During my vetting by Parliament, it was evident that the following issues concerning the Judiciary were of concern to the representative of the people of Ghana. The integrity of the Judiciary and perception of corruption, delays in the justice delivery system, poor infrastructure of the Courts and residences of Judicial officers, inadequate resources for the running of the Judiciary and Justice delivery system of Ghana.

“I want to assure the people of Ghana that I will continue to jealously guard the integrity of the Judiciary as my predecessors in office have done. I will take all necessary steps to ensure that during my term in office, solutions are found to these issues of concern” Justice Anin Yeboah said.

The ceremony was graced by the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Chief of Staff Akosua Frema Osei Opare, former President John Kufour, former President Jerry John Rawlings, former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Ministers of State, Justices of the Supreme Court, members of the Judicial Council and General Legal Council, members of the Council of State, Service Chiefs of the Republic, members of the Clergy, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, leadership and members of the Ghana Bar Association, Nananom and family members of the Chief Justice.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

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“I Disagree With The Process Of The Trial And The Ruling” – John Mahama Speaks (Video)

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The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress in the 2020 elections, John Dramani Mahama, has stated that he completely disagrees with the ruling of the Supreme Court on the Election Petition.

Addressing Ghanaians Thursday evening, the former President said even though he is legally bound to accept the ruling of the Supreme Court, the processes adopted by the panel leaves much to be desired.

“As much as I am aware that we are legally bound by the decision of the Supreme Court, I disagree with the processes and the ruling of the Supreme Court,” President Mahama said.

The former President also stated that the legal manoeuvre adopted by the lawyers of the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa, to prevent her from testifying and accounting to the people of Ghana sets a bad precedent for the future.

Mr Mahama also slammed the Supreme Court justices for taking out of context the evidence provided by Johnson Asiedu Nketia and using it as a basis to dismiss his case.

A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed former President John Mahama’s suit challenging the 2020 election results.

In reading the judgment on Thursday, March 4, 2020, Chief Justice, Anim Yeboah stated that the petitioner failed to prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt. He added that the errors announced by the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa, which were subsequently corrected cannot be used to invalidate the election.

According to the Supreme Court, the errors announced by Jean Mensa did not adversely affect any of the candidates in the 2020 elections. The Supreme Court also held that the petitioner failed to adduce enough evidence to merit a re-run between himself and President Akufo-Addo.

The Chief Justice in reading the judgment also described as fanciful the witness statement by Michael Kpessa-Whyte and Rojo Mettle-Nunoo.

Justice Anim Yeboah said the two witnesses had themselves to blame after abandoning their duty in the strongroom since they were under no obligations to leave when their work in the room was not finished.

Mr Mahama who re-contested the election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), took the Electoral Commission to court, challenging the validity of the Commission’s 9th December 2020 declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the winner of the poll.

Mr Mahama also contended in his petition that, President Akufo-Addo did not meet the constitutional threshold for election to the high office of the president yet was so declared.

He was praying the court in the last two months, albeit amidst strong opposition from lawyers for President Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission, to nullify the declaration and to cause a re-run between him and President Akufo-Addo.

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Akufo-Addo Speaks After Supreme Court Dismissed Mahama’s Election Petition

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President Akufo-Addo has broken his silence on the Supreme Court’s ruling against rival, John Dramani Mahama.

In a new post on his official and verified Instagram page, he congratulated himself after winning the the court case.

He captioned his post; On Thursday, 4th March 2021, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous ruling, affirmed my victory in the presidential election of 7th December 2020.

The Supreme Court dismissed the election petition brought before it by John Dramani Mahama, the 2020 Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“The petitioner did not demonstrate in any way how the errors [committed by the EC] affected the declaration of the election…We have therefore no reason to order a re-run [of the polls]. We accordingly dismiss the petition,” Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah said while reading the ruling of the court on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

John Mahama was challenging the results of the polls insisting that none of the nine presidential candidates obtained the mandatory 50%+1 vote constitutional threshold to be declared the winner of the polls.

SOURCE: Gossips24.com

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Man Dies Shortly After Supreme Court Ruled Against John Mahama

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An unidentified man has died at the Supreme Court shortly after Justices of the court, led by, Justice Anim Yeboah dismissed the petition filed by John Dramani Mahama.

Today, Justices of the Supreme court unanimously ruled against the NDC’s John Mahama stressing that Nana Akufo-Addo was legally elected and declared president of Ghana at the 202 Presidential elections.

Shortly after the ruling, Modernnewsgh.com got the information that a man who was present at the Supreme Court collapsed and died.

Media personality, Serwaa Amihere also confirmed the report on Twitter saying, “A man yet to be identified has been rumoured dead after collapsing at the premises of the SC shortly after the apex court judgement on the election petiton.”

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