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Where are all the senior Lawyers in the NDC – Dela Coffie wants to know

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Where are all the senior Lawyers in the NDC – Dela Coffie wants to know

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A member of the Opposition National Democratic Congress, wants to know why experienced lawyers in the party are not those handling the Legal matters now.

Okay, I never wanted to run this commentary, but Dr Dominic Ayine’s admission on #Newsfile earlier today that the NDC legal team actually had a hand in Asiedu Nketiah’s faux pas came jumping out at me.

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While it is proper and indeed honourable to acknowledge and congratulate the NDC legal team for mounting this legal challenge, it is equally important to state that they goofed badly with Asiedu Nketiah’s misleading claims just after the verdict.

Indeed, the circumstances that led to Asiedu Nketiah’s massive embarrassment after the Supreme Court ruling is a clear indictment on the legal team.

The fact that the legal taam couldn’t even take their time to read a whole judgement delivered by the Supreme Court before proffering advice on the matter, and in the process getting the party humiliated in such a clandestine manner says a lot about the leadership paralysis that the NDC finds itself in.

Where are all the senior Lawyers in the NDC? Is the NDC as a political party led by Ofosu Ampofo not interested in the services of tried and tested legal brains in the party?

How can a party that boasts of lawyers like Tony Lithur, Tsatsu Tsikata, Fui Tsikata, Samuel Cudjoe, Nana Ato Dadzie, Dr. Raymond Atuguba, Dr Ben Kumbour, Larry Adjetey, Marieta Brew Appiah-Oppong, Dr. Bassit Bamba, Alhaji Huudu Yahaya and many others settled on a relatively junior lawyer to face the Supreme Court in such a high profile political case that require lawyers of higher pedigree and experience? Is the NDC leadership not aware that seniority plays a major role both at the bar and the bench?

I’m old enough to remember how the Supreme Court Justices in the 2012 election petition case were jokingly asking why Tsatsu Tsikata and Ayikoi Otto don’t want to come join them on the bench. It wasn’t just because of their brilliance, intelligence or the compelling legal arguments they espoused, but you could clearly see the camaraderie between them. This was a clear case of monkeys indeed playing by sizes. And that’s exactly what I am talking about here.

I hate to be the one to point this out, but NDC Leadership failed in its responsibility in the choice of legal representation on this matter. The tendency to carry nail clippers to a gunfight ought to stop, and it ought to stop now.

As much as I would love to see the NDC move back into the Jubilee House – there’s nothing about the actions, inactions or pronouncements of leadership that point Ghanaians towards a direction or path that would inspire or galvanize the population to follow their undefined pathway irrespective of people’s reservations.

The party appears leaderless right now – rarely has there been a more pertinent example of lions led by a donkey than in the NDC.

I persistently and regularly warned the NDC to change the strategy being deployed against the NPP government but leadership wouldn’t badge. The constant self-righteous and often rankly hypocritical rage and the screaming isn’t working. We’re are all seeing the results.

My message to the party today remains the same: the party need to stop shrieking and stop virtue-signalling. The NDC must stop pandering to ridiculous political correctness, and provide Ghana with a vision for the future that resonates better than what the NPP is offering.

It shouldn’t be difficult to do this given the state of the country. But all I’m seeing is NDC committing political suicide.

God save the king!!!

 

 

 

SB BItian

SB Bitian is a Freelance Writer. Favorite quote: "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all" - Ecclesiastes 9:11

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