Gender Minister Oye Lithur Joins Calls on Mahama for Montie 3 Release

Gender Minister, Nana Oye Lithur signs the said petition book, as she joins the growing list of people calling for release of the Montie 3… 

The calls for the release of the convicted Montie trio continues as more prominent personalities sign the petition book meant to persuade Mahama to pardon them. Like some other prominent people, Gender Minister, Nana Oye Lithur signs the said petition book as she joins the growing list of people calling for the Montie 3 release.

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On Friday, some prominent figures within the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) also signed the petition book. They included the Minster of Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman; Public Relations Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Numo Blafo and founder of the Ghana Freedom Party, Akua Donkor.

Lawyers of the trio, as well as several political stakeholders of the ruling NDC have massively condemned the four-month jail sentence issued out to the Montie 3. Their agitations subsequently led to the emergence of the Research and Advocacy Platform (RAP) which opened the petition book. The book is aimed at persuading Mahama to exercise his prerogative of mercy powers under Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution, on behalf of the convicted trio.

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The first group of people who endorsed the petition book were some key figures including the Deputy Education Minister in charge of tertiary, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and the Head of the Presidential Delivery Unit, Valerie Sawyerr.

While some have called for the release of the Montie 3, other stakeholders have sternly advised against the move. Some of the people under this category have the notion that Mahama’s release of the convicted persons might ruin his political reputation.

Moreover, some legal practitioners including Denis Adjei Dwomoh have pointed out with references that there is no constitutional provision for the President to pardon the Montie trio.

The three; Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn, and Salifu ‘Mugabe’ Maase, were sentenced to four months in prison after they were found guilty of contempt charges. This was after they threatened on radio to kill supreme court judges over their handling of the suit on the credibility of the voters register.