…but MP’s legal team disagrees with Apex Court

A member of Assin North MP, James Gyakye Quayson’s legal team, Baba Jamal, has stated that his group disagrees with the Supreme Court’s(SC) recent ruling on the case involving the MP.

The SC on Wednesday, ruled to restrain Mr. Quayson from representing the people of Assin North until the final determination of a pending substantive case.

According to Mr. Jamal, the ruling will deprive the people of Assin North representation in Parliament.

He said “the Supreme Court has given its ruling, but we vehemently disagree with the position. It is a sad day for all of us. What it means is that Assin North is also not going to have representation in Parliament for as long as this case lasts. That is a sad situation.”

Mr Jamal told journalist in Accra, after the ruling, that “there are precedents in this country. We all remember the case of Ayawaso West Wuogon, where the lady was allowed to be in Parliament until the final determination of the case. So we thought that the Supreme Court would consider that situation and allow the representation to continue. But our legal team will meet and officially know the next step to take.”.

Michael Ankomah-Nimfa, a resident of Assin Bereku in the Central Region, filed a petition at the Cape Coast High Court seeking to annul the declaration of Mr. GyakyeQuayson as MP of Assin North.

Mr. Ankomah-Ninfa had insisted that Mr. Quayson had dual citizenship prior to filing nominations to contest for the Assin North parliamentary seat during the 2020 polls.

The Cape Coast High Court subsequently declared the 2020 parliamentary election held in the Assin North Constituency as null and void, as it upheld that Mr. Quayson breached the provisions of the constitution with regard to dual citizenship.

Mr. Quayson appealed against the judgment, at the Court of Appeal in Cape Coast, but the case was dismissed.He again sought cover from the SC.

Mr Ankomah-Nimfah also filed the petition at the SC, seeking interpretation of Article 94(2)(a) of the Constitution.

He also filed a writ at the SC to prevent Mr.Quayson from carrying himself as the MP for Assin North until the final determination of the petition, a request upheld by the SC on Wednesday. –

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