General Secretary of the ruling National Democratic congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia visits Montie radio personalities who are currently serving a four-month jail term at the Nsawam prison, citifmonline.com reveals.
Mr Asiedu Nketia visits Montie trio in the company of NDC’s National Chairman, Kofi Portuphy and the party’s Director of Elections, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo.
The Host of Accra-based Montie FM’s ‘Pampamso’ political show, Salifu Maase, alias Mugabe, together with his two panelists, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, were jailed four months each by the Supreme Court in July, after they were found guilty of contempt charges.
This was after they had threatened to kill justices of the Supreme Court over their handling of the suit on the credibility of Ghana’s voters’ register. They were also fined GHc10, 000 which they have paid.
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The Montie 3 sentence has however, been received with mixed reactions, with largely members of the NDC claiming it is too harsh. Consequently, top officials of the NDC both in government and out of government, have signed a petition aimed at forcing President John Mahama to pardon the three, since in their view, they have shown remorse for their actions. The trio in question have also petitioned the president to grant them pardon while expressing deep regrets for their action.
Meanwhile, government officials who have not signed the petition which has since been forwarded to the Council of State, have also visited the prison, to commiserate with the trio. They include the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ekow Spio Garbrah and the former Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor among others.
On the other hand, the opposition parties are of contrary opinion, with many of them strictly against releasing the convicted three before the end of their jail term. The Progressive Peoples’ Party (PPP) has specifically, created a counter petition, urging the president never to heed the calls for pardon being made by the NDC.
The story continues, and we will certainly provide you with latest updates as events unfold.