Deputy Minority Leader of Parliament Dominic Nitiwul, who is also the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bimbilla Constituency, says the 6-3 majority decision taken by the Supreme Court last Tuesday to allow the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to be third respondents in the petition filed by “Ghanaian citizens” Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey “clearly” disadvantages the NPP.
He said since a body or an institution cannot petition the Supreme Court regarding the election results, as stipulated in Article 64 of the 1992 Constitution, the NPP is handicapped since it cannot also file to be joined as respondents to a petition that is consistent with its stance on the results of the 2012 polls.
Speaking on TV3’s weekend news analysis programme Headlines on Saturday, January 26, 2013, Mr Nitiwul, however, intimated that the party respected the decision taken by the Court.
“Though we do not agree with the decision, we respect it,” he told host of the programme Henry Herbert Malm.
He explained that though John Dramani Mahama was cited in the petition as an individual, his defense will not be any different from what the NDC will also put up when hearing begins on January 29, 2013. Therefore, NDC’s joinder will be dilatory to the petition.
“What different thing will NDC say from John Mahama?” he quizzed.
“That is why one of the judges said ‘it is discriminatory’,” Mr Nitwul added, stating that Justice Baffoe-Bonnie was clear in his submission that the ruling did not make it possible for the NPP as a body to join.
According to the Bimbilla MP, since his party has no plans of filing a joinder, the only means it can throw support for the petitioners, who are members of his party, is to take decisions consistent with NPP’s stance on the case.
“As a party we must show that we in are full support of the case,” he indicated.
“Therefore, the party’s members in Parliament decided not to participate in any Act that has to do with the formation of President Mahama’s government,” he added.
Quoting Article 53 of the Constitution, Mr Nitiwul explained that the ministers-designate will be delegated to by the president, whose election they are challenging, and, what is more, they will form an integral part of his government. Hence, the decision by the Minority caucus not to take part in the vetting of the nominees.
He concluded that even some members of the NDC like Samson Arhin support NPP’s decision to boycott the vetting of the ministerial nominees.