HARUNA IDDRISU AND HIS CHARGES SHOULD BLAME THEMSELVES FOR WHAT HAPPENED TO QUAYSON
I could hardly believe my ears listening to the pedestrian commentaries of the Minority Leader apropos the sound judgment given by the Cape Coast High Court in the Assin North MP’s case.
Hon. Haruna Iddrisu has said that the judgment is an indication of the fact that the ruling party has manipulated the hand of the court to tilt the balance of power.
Instead of blaming the weak research outfit of the NDC, Haruna Iddrisu is shifting the blame on the NPP and the justice system. James Gyaakye Quayson was known to have stints with Canada months before he came down to file to contest as MP.
His eligibility was challenged by some NDC members in the run-up to the 2020 elections. They went as far as the headquarters of the party with their petition but Asiedu Nketia and Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo treated their concerns with disdain.
Though they proceeded to the Electoral Commission, the electoral body had no judicial jurisdiction to determine whether he was qualified or not. Everybody in Assin North knew of his Canadian citizenship, yet the sleepy national executives of the NDC allowed Quayson to contest.
Haruna Iddrisu made a ‘profound’ statement on the floor of Parliament when their attention was drawn to a court action that had stipulated that the Assin North MP ought not to take part in the proceedings of the House.
“Honourable James Gyaakye Quayson was not in court and you yourself have admitted that you did not serve him the process. Under the circumstances, let him err on the side of law and bear the consequence in court, so let him take the oath because he’s not been served any court process. He will appear before court for the merit of the matter to be determined”
The above is what the Minority Leader said on the floor of Parliament when the injunction on James Gyaakye Quayson was tabled on the floor of the House. Truly, Quayson has had his day in court and the verdict has been delivered. Why is Haruna crying wolf now?
The NDC has itself to blame. They have been lethargic in these matters. They may end up losing additional seats through a similar phenomenon since they slept on their job. The Minority Leader has an affinity for dishonestly twisting issues for political capital, and that is a great dent on his many years of frontline politics.
P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.