Politics of Thu, 22 Dec 201665

NPP’s suit against Mahama ‘very weak’ – David Annan

Private legal practitioner and a member of the National Democratic Congress' (NDC) legal team, Lawyer David Annan has described the New Patriotic Party (NPPs) decision to review last minute appointments of people to key state institutions by the outgoing John Mahama-led government as a ‘very weak’ decision.

According to him, he does not think the case is too extraordinary to be addressed at the court of law.

“I don’t think this is too extraordinary to take to the law court. I believe it is not a very strong a case to take to court. I can’t decide on the issue yet since it’s been filed at court. Whatever the case its good they went to court to decide the fate of such appointments…” he said.

With just 17 days to hand over power to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Mahama-led government has been taking a number of decisions without recourse to the incoming government.

Some of these decisions include a 63 percent increment in the allowance of National Service personnel and signing of various contracts to take effect from next year among others.

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These last minute decisions have triggered a response from the incoming government transition team, which has described it as being in bad faith on the basis of what the team says is a breach of agreement.

On the contrary, lawyer Annan disclosed that, it is not possible to configure laws that will prohibit an incumbent government from making appointments or contracts during transition periods.

“The constitution doesn’t allow that. Statute laws cant battle constitutional laws. Two thirds of majority and 40 per cent of the registered electorates need to agree. It is not possible to set up laws that will stop an incumbent government from making appointments or contracts at transitional periods,” he said on Accra based, Neat FM.

However, when asked why he thought the NDC lost the December polls to the lead opposition party by 44 % to 53%, he said, “personally, I think the main reason was because of the economic status thus light bill, among others. NDC will be back by all means.

“Congratulations to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the president-elect for proving some of us wrong…” he stated.

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