Private legal practitioner, John Ndebugri, has advised former Deputy Attorney General, Dr. Dominic Ayine, to honour the invitation to the General Legal Council’s Disciplinary Committee based on the petition filed against him by the Chief Justice.
Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin Yeboah in a petition to the Council, accused Dr. Ayine of making disparaging comments against the judiciary.
But Dr. Ayine in an 11-page response described the comments in question as an academic assessment of the specific judges who sat on the 2020 election petition and how they discharged their duties.
His NDC party has been angered by the petition, and has called on the Chief Justice to withdraw it, while condemning his action as a threat to democracy and a suppression of free speech.
John Ndebugri, a former Zebilla MP in an interview with Citi News said Dr. Ayine must avail himself before the Disciplinary Committee to explain himself on the issues brought against him.
“The complaint doesn’t mean you have been condemned. You just to go there [GLC] and make your arguments and then the matter will be determined. Only when you go there and there is evidence of bias, then he can start complaining. But I think that at this stage it is premature. I will advise Ayine to try and go to the Disciplinary Committee and make his case. It is in his interest to go and prove the Chief Justice wrong.”
Already, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has asked the Chief Justice, to withdraw the petition.
The party insists the petition is an attempt by the Chief Justice to “intimidate and suppress views that are at variance with his.”
Mr. Ndebugri however disagreed with the NDC’s position on the matter.
“I am not saying that the Chief Justice is right or wrong. All I am saying is that the Chief Justice made a complaint and as far as I am concerned, he is the right person to make the complaint because the statement was against the judiciary and he is the head of the judiciary so he has to come forward with the complaint”, he added.