The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) convention, according to Abraham Amaliba, Director of Conflict Resolution for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has turned into a political festival.
He says that GBA conferences have traditionally served as neutral venues.
However, it is currently being used by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as a platform for elections and to criticize the NDC.
“The bar conference is becoming a political jamboree. The NPP people will come and drink, eat, and then insult the NDC. It was never the case, but I think GBA is to be blamed because they allowed it,” he said on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem.
The former NDC Director of Legal Affairs made the remark in reference to the address made by President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday in Cape Coast at the 2023 GBA conference.
The President took advantage of the opportunity to deny former president John Mahama’s assertion that he had stacked the judiciary with justices who supported the NPP.
In the forthcoming 2024 presidential election, Akufo-Addo urged Ghanaians to vote against the NDC, calling Mr. Mahama’s assertions “extremely dangerous.”
Mr. Amaliba, however, asserted that Mr. Mahama’s remark represented the reality on the ground and that it was difficult to see why the President wanted Ghanaians to ignore it.
GBA, however, criticized the President for utilizing its platform to promote his opposition to Mr. Mahama.
Saviour Kudze, the GBA’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), stated that while the GBA shared Akufo-Addo’s worries about the independence of the court, it disagreed with his approaches.