A Bishop of the Methodist Church is worried about what he describes as undue pressure on President John Mahama by members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) following the conviction of host of Pampaso on Accra-based FM Montie and two panellists.
According to Rt. Rev. Edward Ofori Donkor, the petition to free the three convicts by the leadership of the party is creating an impression that 'John Mahama is a President for the NDC and not Ghana'.
The host of Montie FM Pampaso host, Salifu Maase and two panellists, Alistair Nelson and Gordon Ako Gunn were sentenced to four month in jail and fined 10 thousand cedis for contempt of the Supreme Court.
Owners and directors of the station were also convicted to a fine of 30 thousand cedis. But there is an appeal for the President to grant them pardon.
Some Ministers and their deputies, Members of Parliament and many leading members of the NDC have all signed the petition requesting the President to exercise his presidential powers of mercy over the Montie three saga.
But Rt. Rev. Ofori Donkor in an interview on Adom News said the decision to present a petition to the President is a step in the wrong direction.
"Will President Mahama be petitioned if a non-NDC member is jailed for contempt? They [NDC] should not put pressure on the President is do the wrong thing" he stressed.
Rather, the Methodist Bishop asked the leadership of the ‘free Montie three’ campaign to petition chiefs or members of the Council of State to speak to the judges than petitioning the President.
He blamed their gaffe on the lack of proper monitoring and adherence to ethics of the profession by management of the radio station.
Rt. Rev. Ofori Donkor cautioned radio presenters and journalists to upload high ethical standards to avert any contempt charges.
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