The National Communications Director of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Sylvester Sarpong Soprano, says the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been suffering incessant losses at the Supreme Court in recent time because the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, is simply “too good” and efficient.
Soprano, in his contribution as part of a panel discussion on Neat FM, decried the reaction of the NDC, to recent decisions by the Supreme Court on some landmark issues in the country.
A recent interlocutory injunction granted by 5:2 majority decision of the Supreme Court against the Assin North MP James Gyakye Quayson, toped a long list of cases, including a 7-0 unanimous affirmation that Deputy Speakers of Parliament can vote in the chamber even when presiding over debates.
“The truth is that the Attorney General Godfred Dame is too good. I hate say this as a member of an opposition party. He is too good for the lawyers of the NDC. He is too efficient and prepares very well”.
“The NDC’s lawyers are not up to it so I will advise the NDC to take a second look at their legal team. We have seen a trend since Dame became the Attorney General. Since Nana Addo appointed him after the 2020 elections. The government is winning in court because he is too good for the NDC” Sarpong Soprano said.
Former President John Mahama, and NDC General Secretary Asiedu Nketiah, have derided the Supreme Court, severally, accusing the esteemed justices of bias, but, Sarpong Soprano is at variance with that view.
“I really like what the Supreme Court is doing. They should not be touched. They are our last hope for justice in this country. (Former) President Mahama and the (venerable honorable) Asiedu Nketiah are complaining because they are losing cases at this time. When they were winning at the Supreme Court they were not complaining” the CPP national communications director said.
On the criticism of the law lords in the application of the law, Sarpong Soprano said; “They are not biased at all. You see, when you go to court, you need to make your case backed by evidence and the legal reasoning that will impress the judges”.
“The judges are working with law. When you see a ruling which is 7-0 or 9-0, I think the Judges are right. People say all the judges could be wrong. I find that to be unrealistic. They are probably more right because on the question of law, they are all very experienced and they are working with the law” he added.
“A 9-0 decision means that the NDC’s lawyers were really bad or they had no case. It reinforces the judgement. The judge is like a referee in a football match. Just as a referee cannot tell you that your right sided player in a game is leaking goals so you should change him, the judge cannot tell you that you are messing up your case therefore you should change the approach. This is the practice of law so I truly like what the Supreme Court is doing. I think the judges are doing the right thing” he further stated.
Godfred Dame’s brilliance has once again come to the fore after leading his team at the AG’s department with some New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawyers representing the Applicant, Michael Ankomah, to secure an interlocutory injunction against the Assin North MP James Gyakye Quayson, barring him from attending parliament or holding himself out as a Parliamentarian due to pre- election eligibility issues.
Quayson’s defense team was led by Tsatsu Tsikata who has succumbed to Dame on at least six occasions at the Supreme Court since Dame became part of President Akufo-Addo’s government.
James Gyakye Quayson is also facing criminal prosecution which will establish whether or not he falsified documents or lied on his application form to the Electoral Commission in the lead up to the 2020 parliamentary elections.
If he is found guilty by the court, he will serve a prison term effectively making him unfit to ever run again for parliamentary representation.