The Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, has condemned attempts to serve the embattled Member of Parliament for Assin North, Hon. James Gyakye Quayson, on the precincts of Parliament.
In a press release on February 9, the Minority Group in Parliament, through its leader, revealed that there was a bizarre and worrying development orchestrated by the NPP Government to unseat the Member of Parliament for Assin North, Hon. James Gyakye Quayson.
The statement disclosed that “during the sitting of the House yesterday, Tuesday, 8th February, 2022, it emerged that a bailiff from the Registry of the Supreme Court had made an attempt to effect service of a court process on the Hon. James Gyakye Quayson in his office in Parliament.”
According to him, “this is the first time in the history of Ghana that such a flagrant disregard of the privileges of Parliament and breach of the Constitution has taken place.”
Reacting to the development, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu stated that “we in the Minority are deeply concerned by that blatantly unconstitutional act which was recognized by the Supreme Court for what it is – a brazen violation of the Constitution.
“We applaud the justices of the Supreme Court for upholding the fidelity of the law by pointing out to the desperate lawyers of the NPP the brazenly unconstitutional nature of the attempt to serve a sitting MP on the precincts of Parliament,” he further stated.
“We urge the Court to continue to uphold the sanctity of the Constitution,” he added.
According to him, the Minority Caucus is “aware that the said bailiff of the Supreme Court Registry is alleged to have informed the Court that he was assaulted by the police escort of the Hon. Member for Assin North.”
With regards to that, the statement clarified that the Assin North MP does not have a police guard let alone a police escort to prevent service.
“This fact can be cross checked from the Ghana Police Service. It is clear that in their desperate attempt to implicate the Hon. Member in acts of criminality, the NPP lawyers are now seeking to concoct facts to justify criminal charges against the Hon. Member,” the statement reads.
“This is a sad development for our democracy and we wish to condemn it in no uncertain terms,” the letter stressed.
Earlier this morning, a High Court Bailiff told the Court that he could not meet Mr. Quayson when he got to his residence in Accra. He believes that the Assin North MP was indoors but was only evading service.
The Assin North MP is currently facing charges of deceit of public officer, forgery of passport or travel certificates, knowingly making a false statutory declaration, perjury and false declaration for office.