Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa, KT Hammond, has rebuked Ministers who have signed the said petition book, for putting undue pressure on President Mahama.
As some prominent personalities continue to endorse the petition book seeking a presidential pardon for the jailed Montie FM trio, some others have frowned at it. Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa, KT Hammond has rebuked Ministers who have signed the said petition book, for putting undue pressure on President Mahama.
Speaking to the media, the MP lamented over the massive pressure mounted on the President since the close of the Montie 3 trial, which saw court dish out four-month Jail sentence to the contemnors. The trio; Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu ‘Mugabe’ Maase, were sentenced to four months in prison, after being found guilty of contempt charges. The three had on a radio programme, threatened to ‘finish’ Supreme Court judges over their handling of the case on the credibility of the voters’ register.
Following the court’s verdict, many prominent people especially those of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), have frowned at the Supreme court for dishing out such ‘harsh’ judgement on the trio. Lawyers for the three had also hinted at a possible petition to Mahama to exercise his prerogative of mercy powers on the trio’s behalf. This then brought about the opening of a petition book last week.
The book which was opened by a group called the Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP), has amassed several signatures of high-profile government officials. These include; the Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary, Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa; Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare and the Education Minister, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, to mention a few.
But, KT Hammond has frowned at the move saying it only mounts more pressure on the president. Hammond said that the Ministers who endorsed the petition book are ungrateful to the Supreme Court and the President. This he said with respect to the fact that, they only occupy their current positions because of the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s election petition case following the 2012 elections.
He emphasized that they would not have been ministers, had court not ruled in favour of the ruling party, per the suit against the NPP’s election results in 2012. KT Hammont advised Mahama not to succumb to the massive pressure mounted on him. He said that Mahama’s pardon of the three would send a wrong message that he endorses the comments they made during the radio programme.