Assin North: Supreme court ruling fair – Solomon Nkansah

Former Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress, Solomon Nkansah says the Supreme Court ruling on Assin North MP’s case was fair.

According to Solomon Nkansa, “When things are clear and we try to do propaganda with it, it makes communications difficult because the people won’t trust you again.”

“It is time we put Ghana first. The swing voters are just about 3 million. They are very conscious of the information they hear and they are the people we should prioritize in our communications. An NDC Supporter is an NDC Supporter and an NPP supporter is NPP Supporter. It is about time we the NDC changed our communication strategy. Let us be fair and honest” 

The Supreme Court, by a unanimous decision, ordered Ghana’s Parliament to expunge the name of James Gyakye Quayson from its records as a Member of Parliament for the Assin North constituency.

The ruling confirms that James Gyakye Quayson being a Canadian citizen, was not qualified to contest as an MP in Ghana.

The ruling has been criticized by the NDC leadership and Minority Caucus in parliament.

 Speaking on Atinka TV’s Oman Mu Nsem, hosted by Nana Owoahene Acheampong, the former communication officer of the NDC, said, “It[ruling] is very, very fair. When Zanetor was coming to contest for her first primaries, an NDC contestant challenged her qualification. She proceeded to court and the court ruled that her legitimacy at the time of filing at the EC was wrong. The Courts have said this before so why do we want it changed? What the Supreme Court is saying in Quayson’s case is the legitimacy at the time of filing.” – Solomon Nkansah argued .

“He (James Quayson) was delayed by the Covid; so he has not committed any crime. His intentions were pure. He was delayed for just one month and this was the challenge. At least for once, I urge our leaders to come and out and accept the Supreme Court ruling. So, let us not waste time to speak against the Supreme Court, which will only paint us black  in the eyes of  fair-minded voters” –

However, Solomon Nkansah believes the by-election in Assin North is a done deal for the NDC.

“James Gyakye Quayson has every right to contest for the election.  If the NPP wants to waste time to contest him, fine, let them come.”

Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Candidate Hopeful for Bekwai on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Henry Opoku-Ware, said, it will be unfair for some Ghanaians to demand the return of all benefits the Assin North MP has enjoyed in this Parliament.

“ For now, we can’t say anything like that. He is in Parliament contributing his quota to the development of the country, except that his approach was wrong. It is good the law has been made clear. In my opinion, the incentives should be taken from him if only we can establish that he has committed a crime but for now, there is nothing like that. He is suffering from the negligence of someone who should have prevented this in the first place.” – the MP hopeful explained.

Ghana || Ebenezer Kewaw Madugu

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