? ? ? ? ? ? Following Mr. Tsatsu “The Thief” Tsikata’s caustic accusation of Justice Anin-Yeboah, one of the nine judges who sat on the Election 2012 Presidential Petition, as being politically biased in his verdict, the Chairman of the so-called National Peace Council, Rev. Emmanuel Asante, described Mr. Tsikata as having “stooped low” in his rather pathetic cavilling of Justice Anin-Yeboah (See “Tsatsu Stooped So Low In His Attack on SC Judge – Peace Council Chair” MyJoyOnline.com/Ghanaweb.com 9/2/13).
The fact of the matter is that Tsatsu “The Thief” Tsikata is a low-life human who clearly appears to have been tragically and ironically done in by his Legon and Oxbridge legal education. That he would single out the relatively far more objective Justice Anin-Yeboah, while going criminally blind on Justices Atuguba, Gbadegbe and Akoto-Bamfo, all of who curiously pretended that absolutely no election rules had been violated, even when the Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, had personally and unreservedly admitted in the witness box that, indeed, over-voting and voting without biometric verification had occurred, clearly points to Mr. Tsikata’s having a personal vendetta against his target of grossly misguided abuse.
Were Mr. Tsikata really interested in democratic justice and the conscientious rule of law, he would have clearly and honestly recognized the fact that the patently cynical evaluative stance taken by Justices Atuguba, Gbadegbe and Akoto-Bamfo may very well plunge the country into an apocalyptic civil strife in 2016, that is, barring the great possibility of some modicum of civil upheaval erupting between now and then. You see, the “see-no-evil” verdict rendered by the three “justices” in question, flagrantly violates the 1992 Constitution vis-a-vis the integrity of our electoral system, by curiously insisting against proven forensic evidence, which they themselves had openly acknowledged during the proceedings (with Justice Atuguba even openly reprimanding Dr. Afari-Gyan for slyly scapegoating his minions) that the current electoral protocol is the best and most perfect of its kind.
Indeed, it is for the foregoing reasons that I could not agree more with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) General-Secretary, Mr. Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, that Nana Akufo-Addo’s prompt, laudable and statesmanly concession notwithstanding, the NPP’s key operatives intend to seek a judicial review of the entire conduct of the Atuguba-presided court.
I have also called the credibility of the Peace Council and its Chairman into question because as a distinguished clergyman and a diplomatic conscience of the people, at least in theory, one would have expected Rev. Asante to express his moral outrage at the dastardly attempt by Justice Atuguba and his NDC-blinded cronies on the Supreme Court to canonizing and institutionalizing vote-rigging as a cardinal principle of the 1992 Republican Constitution.
In essence, it is actually the Peace Council prelate who has stooped so abysmally low as to make believe that all was hunky-dory with Ghana’s fledgling and eerily tottering and decidedly blighted democratic political culture. To be certain, Mr. Tsikata did not, in any way, stoop any lower than the notoriously abject level of his intellectual, moral and personal integrity. And it is about time that those who would be the moral benchmark of the nation conducted themselves with at least a passable modicum of honesty and dignity.
*Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
Department of English
Nassau Community College of SUNY
Garden City, New York