Former president John Mahama’s assistant Joyce Bawah Mogtari (Esq.) has defended his boss’ claims that the Akufo-Addo administration is filling the court with friends.
According to Madam Mogtari, Mr. Mahama has provided a precise depiction of the situation as it is.
She lamented the degree of partisanship and politicization that has crept into constitutional institutions, emphasizing the importance of the issue.
“This Akufo-Addo administration has become a paragon of partisanship more than the rule of law and fairness. In all the places you can think of, not all the people are there because of their professionalism,” she lamented.
The attorney supported his argument by using the leaked tape of a scheme to remove Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. George Akuffo Dampare during a Monday appearance on Adom FM’s morning program, Dwaso Nsem.
Over the weekend, Mr. Mahama accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of purposely nominating the majority of judges to the bench in order to have individuals who will do his bidding when he is out of office while speaking to a convention of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) attorneys.
Mr. Mahama urged NDC members to pursue careers as judges while emphasizing the need for judicial balance.
To clear up any confusion, the aide said that Mr. Mahama had been referring to the issue of willingness.
Ghanaians shouldn’t assume that merely because of their political sympathies, NDC attorneys would automatically be appointed to the bench, she said.
“Of course if they are well qualified why not? They will be subjected to the process of qualification, nomination and engagement.
“Currently the AG happens to be one of the youngest at the bar and is doing his work. In the past, NDC had Betty Mould Iddrisu, and Dominic Ayine who are some of the finest anywhere in the world so it will be about qualification and not just political affiliation,” she explained.