Challenging Jomoro MP’s eligibility was sheer vindictive – Agbodza

Member of Parliament for Adaklu, Mr. Kwame Governs Agbodza, has described as “vindictiveness and lies” the election petition case brought against Jomoro lawmaker, Dorcas Affo-Toffey over her eligibility as a Member of Parliament.

Mr. Agbodza believes the case is a classic example of abuse of the rule of law because the petitioner had no evidence to buttress his argument.

One Joshua Emuah Kofie filed an application challenging the eligibility of the MP to contest as a representative of the people in the constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

According to the applicant, Madam Affo-Toffey holds multiple nationalities, including American and Ivorian citizenships, which contravenes the 1992 Constitution.

Reading the verdict on Monday, November 21, 2022, the Sekondi High Court presided by Justice Dr. Richmond Osei Hwere dismissed the petition and declared the MP eligible on grounds that she lost her Ivorian citizenship at the very time she acquired her Ghanaian Citizenship.

Kwame Governs Agbodza, the Member of Parliament for Adaklu constituency speaking on Good Morning Ghana on Metro TV, said, “I sympathize so much with her. A Member of Parliament duly elected out of vindictiveness and lies somebody from the constituency filed against Toffey.”

“I don’t know what happens to people it is the case of [in the] rule of law you can say anything and get away with it?” he wondered.

“This lady has been hunted for two years and probably couldn’t focus, too much, on her people, and it turns out it is all lies and, so, all we say is that the court has ruled that he can continue [serving as an MP] Is that it?  He quizzed “:Was there [an] evidence she wasn’t duly elected.”

The NDC legislator also accused and criticized the governing New Patriotic Party of orchestrating election petitions against MPs on the other side to frustrate them.

“It has become the hallmark of the NPP. Indeed I believe sincerely they lost the 2020 [Jomoro constituency] election and they threw in a lot of things just to make things difficult

“As we speak, there are other cases in court. They have managed to it to our Member of Parliament for Assin South. Guess what? He’s still a Member of Parliament but cannot participate in debate and other things on the floor,” Mr, Agbodza said.

Kwame Governs Agbodza was also optimistic all pending cases against NDC MPs will be dismissed by the court to enable them to deliver on their mandate.

“I am very happy forToffey and I’m sure when she appears she will come with much more focus and be able to participate fully and serve her people. I’m very confident that in court would if justice prevails will be the same,” he told Annie Afua Ampofo.

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Mertrotvonline.com | Ghana

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