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Genuine Democrats Don’t Undermine Democratic Institutions – Akufo-Addo Tells Mahama

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President Akufo-Addo has urged genuine democrats to devote their energies towards strengthening the democratic institutions instead of spending profitless time in undermining them.

The President said this in direct response to a recent comment made by former President John Dramani Mahama about the broken image of the judiciary.

On August 29 this year, Mr Mahama while speaking at the 2nd Annual Lawyers Conference of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) launched a scathing attack on the judiciary, accusing them of being politically biased. 

The former President went further to say that it will take a new Chief Justice to repair the broken image of the Judiciary.

However, speaking at the Ghana Bar Association conference over the weekend, President Akufo-Addo opined that the unwarranted attacks on the judiciary by elements of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are for "selfish parochial partisan reasons".

"These are the plaintiffs who go to court, indeed the highest Court of the land, provide the skimpiest of evidence to back their claims and yet insist that claims be upheld despite the elementary violation of the ancient common law rules for the discharge of the burden of proof that such a result would entail. It is also no wonder that their claims were unanimously dismissed 7-0 by the apex court.

"The result of this case is indeed in sharp contrast to the result of a similar one in 2013 when the unsuccessful plaintiffs managed to persuade four out of a nine-member court to fight for them and yet the earlier plaintiffs chose not to wage a political war against the courts", he said.

These needless attacks, President Akufo-Addo added, will not shake the confidence of the Judiciary

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