Dominic Ayine, former deputy attorney general, has admitted to crossing his line while, at the continuation of the hearing of the electoral petition, he accused the Supreme Court of having a “pre-determined agenda” against petitioner, John Mahama in the ongoing election petition hearing.
Speaking at a press briefing Monday, February 22, he said it was not his intention to scandalize the court.
The Bolgatanga East MP added that he had always tried to address the media after a hearing without seeking to attribute acts of impropriety to the Supreme Court.
“But on hindsight, I actually crossed the line in suggesting that the court had a predetermined agenda among others to rule against the petitioner.”
“My attention was drawn to this fact immediately after the press briefing by Frank Davies, to whom I am grateful,” Dr. Ayine said.
This follows after Dr Ayine was cited by the Supreme Court for contempt after he argued that the judges had a predetermined agenda to rule against the petitioner.
The statement followed an unanimous decision by the Supreme Court to dismiss an application by lawyers for the petitioner that sought leave to reopen his case and subpoena the Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson, Jean Mensa.
On Thursday, February 18, it was expected that the former Deputy Attorney General would be served with the process and that the court would respond afterwards.
However, Dr Ayine did not show up in court.
Secretary General Sammy Gyamfi of the NDC has clarified that he is dealing with rumors that he was running from the charge.
On Monday, Dr Ayine appeared before the court and was ordered by the judges to publicly apologize.
He told the media that he did not mean to bring the Supreme Court to disrepute.
“I wish to unreservedly apologize to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Ghana as well as the justices who sat on that day.”
Dr Ayine also retracted the words he used while addressing the press in their entirety stating that “there was no intention on my part to impugn their integrity.”
“I am hoping that my apology and retraction will be accepted by Their Lordships and the matter will come to an end.”
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