The Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, is allegedly an NDC member, according to Adansi-Asokwa MP Kobina Tahir Hammond.
Despite the Constitution’s prohibition on chiefs participating in partisan politics, the outspoken lawmaker claimed that the Dormaahene actively participates in politics.
Speaking on Thursday to Kumasi-based Oyerepa TV, he cautioned the Dormaahene to be careful with his actions and remarks because they might have consequences.
Dormaahene is an NDC member, he dines with them
He claims that the High Court judge, who also serves as the chief, has violated the entire constitution.
Just pay attention to all he has said. One person only. Take a moment to hear what he has to say about the Supreme Court. It follows that no one is seeking to punish him. Why? Does he not realise that what he is doing could cause him trouble?
Apparently, he belongs to the NDC. He has violated every provision of the Constitution. He belongs to the NDC. He joins them for meals. Inform him that K. T. Hammond claims you are an NDC member.
Recently, the Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, was in the news for requesting that the criminal case against the Assin North MP be dropped by President Akufo-Addo and the Attorney General.
Gyakye Quayson’s parliamentary seat was ruled to be illegitimate by the Supreme Court because of his dual citizenship, according to the chief, who also serves as the president of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs.
“He [Gyakye Quayson] claimed he was not eager to remain in Canada, that he had renounced his citizenship, and that he had gone back to Ghana to assist. He encountered some difficulties when he arrived, and the Supreme Court decided that his mandate as an MP should be revoked,” he emphasised.
On Saturday, July 1, he said these things during the Professor John Evans Atta Mills Commemorative Lecture in Sunyani.
The Dormaahene addressed the group and stated that if he had been a member of the panel making the decision, he would have adopted a different attitude.
Many of us weren’t pleased with that. I would have turned left rather than right if I were on the Supreme Court, he claimed.
However, many Ghanaians have expressed different opinions on the same topic after hearing about his remarks.
For instance, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the majority leader in parliament, has counselled the chief to refrain from making divisive statements.
The Suame MP claims that the chief’s comments regarding the case of James Gyakye Quayson may impede his appointment to the Supreme Court.
A sitting judge cannot make such a statement, according to the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, who disagrees with the Dormaahene’s demand that the state end the criminal proceedings of the MP-elect for Assin North.
If the case had been a murder trial, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu would have questioned the chief about whether he would have argued for a discontinuation.
On Monday, July 3, he counselled him to proceed cautiously while dealing with such issues in an interview with Pure FM.
“The Dormaahene is a renowned chief and judge; therefore, his remarks are extraordinary. However, I must admit that I disagree with him on the suggestion to dismiss Quayson’s case.
“We’re discussing constitutional issues here. Is it true that the chief would request that the case be dropped if it involved a murder charge or any other crime?
Is the revered chief implying that we should overlook legal violations? I am opposed. He ought to come out and elaborate, in my opinion.
The ranking member of Parliament’s Constitutional and Legal Committee has refuted a claim that the Dormaahene’s words asking for the end of Mr. James Gyakye Quayson’s criminal trial are offensive and immoral.
The Dormaahene, according to Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, did not violate any rules governing the conduct of magistrates and judges; hence, it is improper for anyone to recommend that he be brought before the judicial council for punishment.
He asked Dormaahene’s critics to name a code of conduct that he was accused of breaking.
“I totally disagree with the immoral suggestion they made, that this matter be looked into by the judicial council, especially the disciplinary committee of the judicial council,” he stated in an interview with Joy FM’s Top Story on Monday.