Judgement In Error


It was an anxious?Thursday, and Ghana was at a standstill. The streets
of ?the nation were virtually empty. uncertainty was an albatross
around the neck of many a Ghanaian, except some few ‘influential s’
who cl added in white, as if, they were ?signaling to their supporters
and the ?nation in general that they already had the knowledge of the
petition out come from the ‘influenced’.
By?10 am, the Chief Justice’s hall was filled to
capacity, as the nine Justices were still locked in their chambers,
which resulted in various speculations, ?including a conspiracy to
sacrifice Justice for the sake of the so called peace.
No sooner had the Justices took to their seats, after
many hours in their chambers, than Justice Atuguba begun to read the
As the Judgement was being pronounced, it appeared
that most of the Justices were avoiding the eyes of the audience.
The usual sense of authority and commanding voice,
with which Justice Atuguba used to announced a verdict was
surprisingly missing.
The apprehension that characterized the action of the
announcer, gave me a rude awakening that despite the powers that the
constitution gives to the Justices, they were still humans like us.
Interestingly, the verdict we have been waiting for
several hours ended in less than ten ?minutes.
For a case of this magnitude, one expected the
Justices to have provided the whole reason for their Judgement that
very day, in order to avoid, suspicions, insinuations, innuendos, and
speculations. It came to pass that ?the electoral petition was
dismissed, and for that matter, ?”error” president Mahama was validly
elected, as it was earlier declared by the disgraced and mendacious
chairman of the electoral commission, Dr.Kwadwo Afari Djan.
As it Stands now the verdict which was also announced
in “error” by Justice Atuguba has become an authority which will
guide/misguide future electoral disputes.
Unfortunately, a judicial precedent had been set,
where by an error declaration of a president, be it clerical,
administrative, or trans positional error is valid.
From now on serial numbers and signatures are
insignificant in our electoral process. Would it not be disastrous if
statutory provisions and rules of engagement can be abused and go
unpunished after elections?
Mind you, any electoral reform shall be subjective to
this very supreme court ruling, and that is my greatest fear.
Over voting whether classical or contemporary seems
ambiguous for now. The Biometric verification system is now reduced to
nothing but a ?Trojan horse which benefits ?the manipulator.
Now it seems that you can now manipulate the electoral
system and get away with it, unless you are caught on the spot. On the
face of the verdict, Elections in Ghana whether it will ever be the
same or not, is about the survival of the fittest, because the end
will justify the means whether fair or foul.
The court of public opinion and the world in general,
who watched the court proceedings, may have found the petition
meritorious, but those who derive power from the constitution to give
judgement may give the verdict other wise, in their own wisdom.
What ever i t is, we are waiting for the full
Judgement, upon which we shall wage a merciless, constructive, and
fearless criticism.
The petitioners must take consolation from the fact
that they have succeeded in exposing the mendacity and the duplicitous
schemes of Dr. Kwadwo Afari Djan, through out the court proceedings.
If the powers that be, erred in granting you justice,
posterity will grant you a fair and perfect Justice on a silver
Sacrificing Justice for peace is not a panacea for the
elimination of chaos and animosity, it is nothing, but the
postponement of anarchy, lawlessness and mayhem to another time.
What happened to principles? ?Why this deafening
silence from the voice of conscience, and that of reason?
For how long must we allow some loopholes to continue
to linger on our system, where by, those in authority capitalize to
abuse and oppress their ?political opponent? ?Justice Atuguba named
Justice Baffoe Bonnie, as one of the judges who dismissed the case of
voting without biometric verification.
The same Justice Baffoe Bonney was also on record to
have been named as a judge who uphold the voting without biometric
verification irregularity. Which is ?Which?
Ex-convict Tsatsu Tsikata “the the thief” ,the lead
counsel for the NDC, on the 31st of August, in an interview with TV3,
took on Justice Anim Yeboah, and accused him of bias and
unprofessional conduct.
Tsatsu has opened the Pandora’s box, and I dare
challenge the Supreme court to ?crack the whip, other wise, we ?shall
take on Justice Atuguba ?and ?others who were appointed by Rawlings
and the late president Mills, who voted against the petition in equal
There was another classical example of over-voting,
even among the final arbiters, concerning Justice Baffoe Bonney.
Allah is the ultimate ? Judge, and he shall surely
judge each and every one of us according to our deeds. ?After all,
what we do in this temporal life, echoes in the here after.
? Tanko Ali Yahaya,
? ? Independent Minded Zongorians.

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