Speaker of Parliament, Edward Adjaho has finally agreed to be sworn in as acting President for the country in the absence of President Mahama and his Vice, Kwesi Amissah Arthur.
As a matter of fact, Mr Adjaho had on few occasions, refused to abide by the constitution which specified that the speaker of parliament should be sworn in should the two statesmen be absent in the country. However there were no stipulated sanctions for disobedience.
This culminated to a Supreme Court ruling, engineered by Samuel Atta Mensah, CEO of Accra-based Citi FM, in December 2015 to order the Speaker of Parliament to take the Oath of the President any time he has to act in the president’s absence. It was then made a constitutional obligation for the Speaker to take the presidential oath and assume responsibilities of the President and his deputy whenever they are outside jurisdiction.
In view of the court ruling in December 2015, Law Lecturer, Prof. Kwasi Asare, asked the speaker, Adjaho that he should resign or face impeachment for not protecting the constitution he swore to protect.
Professor Asare wrote this to the speaker, with respect to the fact that the President and his vice are currently out of the country which calls for the need for him to be sworn in as President. However, at a short ceremony before MPs on Wednesday morning, Chief Justice, Georgina Wood administered the Presidential oath to the Speaker in line with the requirements of Article 60 (12) of Ghana’s 1992 constitution.
In order to avoid a possible impeachment, Edward Adjaho, finally agreed to be sworn in to act as President.
Vice President, Kwesi Amissah Arthur is currently on an official assignment in India. Also Mahama has been scheduled to leave the country today on an official trip to the United Kingdom (UK), hence the need for an acting President.