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A member of the National Democratic Congress’ legal team, Abraham Amaliba has stated that the Assin North MP, Gyakye Qyason knows that the Judicial system is against him.

This comes after the Supreme Court ruled, by a majority of 5-2, that Mr. Gyakye Quayson can no longer perform Parliamentary duties.

Speaking in an interview on Joy FM’s Midday News on Wednesday, Abraham Amaliba said Mr. Quayson’s lawyers would possibly go for a review of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“As lawyers we are meeting this evening and we will take a decision. It’s 5-2, it’s possible that a review can be made and if the judges are minded they can turn around the decision, but nobody should be talking about a bye-election now when the matter itself has not been disposed of,” he stated.

He, however, stated that the Assin North MP is happy about the support given him by his lawyers.

“He has seen the effort we are putting in and he knows that the system is against him,” he said.

The Supreme Court’s ruling is to be upheld until the determination of the substantive case filed against Mr. Quayson.

Mr. Amaliba advised Mr. Gyakye Quayson to run for the seat if a by-election is held if he is interested, adding that, “he is a popular person in the town and I am sure that people knowing that this is more like a persecution of him, would give him the nod to come to Parliament.”

In the same development, a member of Assin North MP’s legal team has said that he disagrees with the Supreme Court’s ruling barring their client from performing Parliamentary duties.

Speaking to the press following court proceedings on Wednesday, Baba Jamal, argued that it is unfair to leave the people of Assin North without a representation.

According to him, he expected otherwise from the apex court.

Background

A resident of Assin North, Michael Ankomah Nimfah, on January 6, 2021, applied for an interlocutory injunction to restrain James Gyakye Quayson from being sworn in and holding himself as MP.

His request was granted by the court but the then MP-elect defied the court orders and was sworn in as part of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic on January 7, 2021.

A Cape Coast High Court in July, 2021 nullified the election of Mr Quayson after it found that he owed allegiance to Canada at the time of filing his nomination forms to contest the polls.

Michael Ankomah Nimfah, subsequently filed this election petition in January, 2022, initiated another action at the Supreme Court.

He urged the Court to give effect to the Cape Coast High Court Judgement and prevent a further breach of the constitution by restraining the MP from performing parliamentary duties.

Lawyer Amaliba, who was the lead counsel representing the MP in the case informed the court of his decision to recuse himself from the case on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

Earlier, he took an objection that sought to have the presiding judge, Justice Kwasi Boakye, recuse himself from the case.

He had accused Justice Boakye of being biased and having a predetermined judgment.

Justice Kwasi Boakye cited CI 47, that time was of the essence and gave Amaliba three days to amend his answers and send copies to the parties involved for them to respond in time before the set date.

At Wednesday’s hearing on May 12, 2021, Amaliba contended that the judge must put the case on hold due to what he described as the likelihood of bias.

He said the judge had already determined the case during the hearing of the injunction when he held that Gyakye should have renounced his Canadian citizenship at the time of nominations and not during the actual voting.

Amaliba stated that the judge had said something in relation to Article 94(2), which states that a person seeking to be an MP should be a Ghanaian.

In the latter part of March this year, Mr. Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party, had indicated that a by-election will look good in April.

In a post on his verified Twitter timeline, Gabby Otchere-Darko wrote, “April is looking good for a by-election.”

Though it was unclear whether his comments were linked to a Cape Coast court’s decision to strike out the appeal by embattled Assin North MP, James Gyakye Quayson, for non-compliance with court procedures, most political actors particularly within the opposition attributed it to the Assin North Constituency.

The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has disclosed that the party will not change its candidate should a by-election be held in Assin North.

He said the embattled Member of Parliament for the area, James Gyakie Quayson will be the same candidate the party will present.

Speaking in an interview ahead of a ruling by the Supreme Court on the status of Hon. Quayson as MP, Mr. Asiedu Nketia said the NDC is ready for any outcome.

“We are very ready for a by-election because, in a by-election, Quayson will not campaign, he will only talk to the people for a while. Quayson shall return to Parliament, in the worst-case scenario that the court’s ruling goes against him” he emphasized.

“He shall win hands down because the margin at which he won the seat in 2020 will increase,” General Mosquito said.

According to ‘General Mosquito”, as many prefer to call him, it is only over his dead body that the NDC will not contest a by-election if one is called.

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Mr. Abraham Amaliba holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Diploma in History from the University of Cape Coast.

He also holds a Law degree from the University of Ghana and was called to the Ghanaian Bar in 1997.

He has worked as a Legal and Programmes Officer at the Legal Resources Centre in Ghana and is currently a private Legal Practitioner with the Centre for Public Interest Law.

Mr.  Amaliba also coordinated a team of project officers at the Legal Resources Centre to execute and implement a European Union project under the theme “capacity building for effective civil society participation in local governance”. Under this project, he led a team that facilitated support to civil society organizations.

He has also worked as a Curator for the Ghana Museum & Monuments Board from 1998 to 2002. He represents the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning on the PBC Board of Directors.

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