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Assin North: How does Akufo-Addo know Gyakye Quayson would be going to jail? – Former Attorney General

According to Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, a former minister of justice and attorney general, she was astounded to hear President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo state that the residents of Assin North had no use for a member of parliament being imprisoned.

At one of the polling places for the present Assin North by-election, Brew Appiah-Oppong told GhanaWeb’s Nimatu Yakubu that the president’s remarks, who is a lawyer by profession, were regrettable.

Given that the case is still pending in court and is quite concerning, she claimed that President Akufo-Addo’s remarks were damaging.

When I initially heard this comment, my immediate thought was, “How did he (Quayson) know he was going to jail?

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“Secondly, coming from a very seasoned lawyer (Akufo-Addo), to make such a comment, was unexpected. It was unacceptable, in my opinion,” she added.

What Akufo-Addo said:

On Sunday, June 27, 2023, at a Church of Pentecost in the district, Akufo-Addo addressed citizens of Assin North and denied claims that he and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) government were responsible for the prosecution of the expelled MP. He explained to the populace that Gyakye Quayson was being caught up in national legislation.

In response to accusations made by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that Quayson would receive votes even if he was imprisoned, the president said that it was pointless to vote for an MP who was going to be sentenced to prison.

“I have heard him (Quayson) remark that you would vote for him even if he were imprisoned. Eiii! Voting for someone who would go to jail serves no purpose. What advantages will we gain from that?

He pointed to Charles Owusu, the NPP candidate for the by-elections, and added in the Twi dialect, “We want someone who can come to me so we sit and find solutions to your challenges.”


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