No one can direct how Supreme Court should rule— Justice Atuguba
A retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice William Atuguba says no one can determine the direction of the Supreme Court in handling the ongoing election petition hearing.
According to him, the Court has a mandate to act in accordance with the sovereign welfare of the people, thus would not act in a manner that would put the nation into disrepute.
In an interview with Spot On News in Accra on Saturday, Justice Atuguba noted that the court, its lawyers, adjudicators and the entire judicial system before making any decision or ruling would ensure it was backed by law and meet the principles upon which the Court was founded.
He indicated that the sovereign will of the citizenry was paramount to the court and would at all times rule with fairness and in justice.
Touching on whether the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Adukwei Mensa by mounting the witness box would enhance justice and fair hearing of the case, Justice Atuguba insisted that the issue was dicey and the court decision on the matter reached the legal threshold.
“I cannot direct the court, no one can dictate to the court or determine the direction it should take with regards to its ruling on the issue of Mrs Mensa mounting the box to adduce evidence.
We are in the wisdom of the court that Matters of this nature have various impacts but the lawyers, judges, adjudicators and the entire judicial system at all times bear in mind that the sovereign will of the people becomes their bedrock in making their decision,” he added.
Justice Atuguba therefore advised parties involved in the election petition case to be receptive with the outcome, adding that the winning party when jubilating should do it within the framework of the rule of law.