Retired Supreme Court Justice Francis Yaonasu Kpegah has stated that he will open a fresh case against 2008/2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
According to him, his earlier writ filed at the Fast Track High Court, was dismissed because the Chief Justice, Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, instructed it so.
In a statement released on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Justice Kpegah openly accused the General Legal Council, the Judiciary and the Ghana Bar Association of going “hell bent on defending NANA AKUFO-ADDO in the suit I instituted against him at the Fast Track Division of the High Court.”
He cited that an inscription at the premises of the courts – ‘JUSTICE IS NOT FOR SALE’ – seem to have given way to ‘JUSTICE IS FOR SALE to the highest bidder’ in the current system.
The former Supreme Court judge threatened to make stunning revelations if the independence of the judiciary is not sustained.
“I hope they will maintain the independence required by the ethics of our profession. They should not push me to the wall to make a number of damning revelations that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.”
He observed that Nana Addo, instead of filing a defence to his writ, rather applied to have the case struck out.
“For the record, the defendant, Nana Akufo-Addo NEVER filed a defence to my statement of claim. He simply had no defence to the fact that he was never duly called to the Ghana Bar. He, however, filed an application to strike out the action as frivolous, vexatious, an abuse of the process and disclosing no reasonable cause of action,” Justice Kpegah stated.
Accusing Chief Justice Georgina Wood of having a hand in dismissing the case, Justice Kpegah said one Lawyer Ebow Dawson, a “loud mouth of the NPP”, was overheard in a drinking bar in Cape Coast boasting that “they” have colluded with Chief Justice Wood to have the case dismissed.
“He stated emphatically, that ‘they’ had pre-arranged with Her Ladyship the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood to put Justice Mrs Cecilia Sowah on my case so they can expose her relationship with the Vice President, Amissah Arthur. It is an open secret that the presiding Judge, Justice Mrs Cecilia Sowah is a sibling of His Excellency the Vice President. The Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Georgina Theodora Wood thus colluded with the Defendant, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his agents in order to set up this innocent Judge and thereby create the impression that the ruling government is behind this suit,” he alleged.
“The complicity of the Ghana Bar Association in trying to protect NANA AKUFO-ADDO is there for all to see. To start with Lawyer Frank Davies whose law firm entered appearance for and on behalf of, NANA AKUFO-ADDO is the chairman of the Accra Regional Branch of the Ghana Bar Association. How can such a person who should be interested that professional standards are not compromised at the Bar, be the lawyer for NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO,” Justice Kpegah’s statement said.
Describing the case as ‘Thriller in Manila’, Justice Kpegah stated that he is determined to see to the logical conclusion of the case so that “the world will one day remember me as an upright man who against all odds maintained that professional ethics should not be sacrificed for the convenience of one man.”