Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Ghana, Prof. Edward Ransford Gyampo, appears to have observed that Ghana’s Supreme Court is losing street credibility with its adjudication of the 2020 election petition.In a post, he points out that the party losing in the court is ironically, winning the hearts and minds of Ghanaians in the court of public opinion.
“One party is losing every motion at the court. Yet it is winning every motion outside the court. Once again, its gonna be a victory with a taste of defeat and a defeat with a taste of victory,’ Prof. Gyampo noted in a Facebook post.So far, the Supreme Court has unanimously, dismissed every application by former President Mahama who is challenging the declaration of Akufo-Addo as winner of the Presidential election.
The constant ruling against Mr. Mahama has now created a certain mechanical expectation that the court will dismiss the petition unanimously.Some members of Mr. Mahama’s legal team have cried foul accusing the court of bias. One of them, former Deputy Attorney General, Dominic Ayine, has been cited for contempt for saying he suspects a premeditated agenda by the court to dismiss the case of the petitioner.According to Prof. Gyampo, at the end of the case, serious ramifications will await both winners and losers.
“It’s a more complex situation rather than the usually typical partisan propaganda. Outcomes would have both tremendous and fascinating impact on the fundamental purpose for which true political parties worth their salt, are established,” he said.