I'm Not An NPP Member Says Supreme Court Judge

One of the nine superior court justices empanelled to sit on the election fraud petition which is currently before the Supreme Court, Justice Jones Dotse, has categorically denied any affiliation with the main opposition New Patriotic Party. The nine-member panel, with Justice William Atuguba presiding, include Mr Justice Julius Ansah, Mrs Justice Sophia Adinyira, Ms Justice Rose Owusu, Mr Justice Jones Dotse, Mr Justice Annin Yeboah, Mr P. Baffoe- Bonnie, Mr Justice N. S. Gbadegbe and Mrs Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo. Earlier this week, a member of the NDC's legal team, Abraham Amaliba, is reported to have imputed in an interview that one of the justices had affiliations with the NPP. Amaliba, however, did not provide the name of the Supreme Court judge. But Justice Dotse, who admitted his name was not mentioned, said he found it necessary to react to the allegation and plainly told the open court that he had never been an elective or non-elective member of the NPP in the Volta region as speculated. He also promised to recuse himself from the Bench if the NDC legal team member proves his allegation. The Supreme Court is at the moment hearing an application by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which wants to join a petition contesting the declaration of President John Dramani Mahama as winner of the December 7, 2012 presidential poll.