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Ghana is living in a dictatorship under Akufo-Addo – Martin Kpebu

Famous attorney Martin Kpebu has criticized President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the abrupt start of construction projects in the Assin North Constituency.

Martin Kpebu asserts that it is obvious the administration is accelerating projects in the district primarily in order to have a say in the impending parliamentary by-elections.

The lawyer claimed that the events in Assin North would never happen in any democracy in an interview with TV3 that GhanaWeb watched on June 24, 2023. He explained that in true democracies, development is planned and the government does not suddenly dump money into districts because of a by-election.

He continued, “It is sad that the government is able to raise money for the construction of projects in Assin North just because of elections, but it is unable to pay pensioners and other bondholders who are in desperate need of money.”

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“It is clear that these developments in Assin North are being done to buy votes. This is merely a dictatorship; it is not a democracy. Since you are starving citizens to build roads for other citizens, you would not be able to collect such funds and execute such projects ahead of schedule if it were a democracy.

Development is not carried out in such manner. President Akufo-Addo is a dictator and has no experience in running a government. He simply relied on catchphrases, and now you can see how the entire system is exposing him, he claimed.

The attorney added that political parties should cease purchasing votes in order to win elections and start engaging in issue-based politics for Ghana’s benefit.

He continued by saying that when candidates for office make the pledge to end the corruption threat, they actually buy votes, which is what started the problem in the first place.


On May 17, 2023, the Supreme Court of Ghana ordered the Ghanaian Parliament to remove James Gyakye Quayson’s name as a Member of Parliament (MP).

Justice Jones Victor Dotse, Justice Nene Amegatcher, Justice Mariama Owusu, Gertrude Araba Torkornoo, Justice Prof. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Justice Yonny Kulendi and Justice Barbara Ackah-Yensu declared that Quayson was not qualified at the time he contested the election 2020 in the Michael Ankomah Nimfah vrs James Gyakye Quayson case.

The court found that when the former Assin North MP filed his nomination to run in the 2020 general elections, he did not provide evidence that he had given up his Canadian citizenship.

Following a declaration of the Assin North seat empty by Parliament, a by-election to fill the position will be held on May 27, 2023, according to the Ghanaian Electoral Commission.


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