A member of the National Democratic Congress legal team and a lawyer of the current Member of Parliament for Assin North, Mr. Abraham Amaliba has withdrawn his services as counsel for the MP.
Mr. Amaliba had earlier urged the judge of the case, Justice Boakye to recuse himself. Mr. Amaliba urged the Judge to recuse himself over certain pronouncements he allegedly made in the past. The Judge however denied the allegations peddled against him.
At a court hearing yesterday, it was revealed that counsel for the defence, Mr. Amaliba had withdrawn his legal services from the case. But Amaliba had not informed the court nor his clients(Hon. James Gyekye Quayson) about his decision. The respondent Hon Quayson, disclosed that his counsel(Mr. Amaliba) has not informed him about his decision. The presiding Judge Justice Boakye instructed Mr. Amaliba to notice his client.
Mr. Richard Takyi Mensah, the petitioner, was of the view that efforts to have the presiding Judge recuse himself from the case as well Mr. Amaliba’s decision are planned effort to delay the hearing of the substantive case .
The case involves the current Member of Parliament and a constituent, Mr. Richard Takyi who filed at the petition at the Cape Coast High Court. The petitioner, Mr Takyi, pleaded with the court to annul the eligibility of the Hon. James Quayson as a Member of Parliament. The petitioner argued that as the time the respondent(Hon.Quayson) filed his nomination to contest the Assin North seat, he was a citizen of Canada. This action in his view contravenes Article 94 clause 2(a) of the 1992 constitution and the Representation of People Act 284.
Counsel for the respondent have declared their intentions to petition the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah to remove the judge from hearing the case.
story by Jibril Abdul Mumuni/Pinfmonline.com