New ministers suit: The bailiff lied – Dafeamekpor’s lawyer

Source The Ghana Report

The bailiff tasked to serve court processes on South Dayi MP Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor and his legal team assured the Supreme Court of service.

On Wednesday, March 27, the Supreme Court was told that both the MP and his lawyer refused to accept hearing notices from the bailiff who visited their offices.

Consequently, Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame criticised the conduct of the lawyer for the MP, describing it as the highest form of disrespect to the apex court.

But speaking exclusively to The Ghana Report, Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo, counsel for the South Dayi MP, said the bailiff lied.

He insists they were not served with court processes, hence their absence from Wednesday’s court proceedings, which contributed to the case being dismissed.

“We were not served. The bailiff lied because he came to leave the document on our table and left. He said he was coming, and that was it. He never came back, so he lied. I didn’t see him personally. We have the CCTV footage and will release it soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has dismissed the application filed by the South Dayi MP, seeking to restrain Parliament from approving new ministers nominated by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

It will be recalled that Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin halted consideration for ministers and deputy ministers of state, citing an interlocutory injunction filed at the Supreme Court by Rockson Dafeamekpor.

The South Dayi legislator wanted the apex court to declare that the president’s authority to appoint ministers and deputy ministers was unconstitutional without parliamentary approval.

However, on Wednesday, March 27, a five-member panel presided over by Chief Justice Gertrude Torkonoo dismissed the injunction application on the grounds that it was frivolous and simply an abuse of court processes.

Commenting on the ruling, Mr Samoa Addo said he was looking forward to the substantive case.

He said the legal team has no intention of filing for a review of the apex court’s verdict on Wednesday.

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