Young Patriots Dare Atuguba

The Young Patriots branch in the United Kingdom say they are scandalised about the revelations made by former Deputy Communications Minister to the effect that the ruling National Democratic Congress administration influenced the verdict of the Supreme Court in the presidential Election Petition. According to a statement issued by the gropu, Victoria Hammah�s comments are injurious to the reputation of the Supreme Court of Ghana, President John Mahama and the government of NDC. The Young Patriots believe that the revelations on the tape paint a damming picture of how �venal and weak� the judiciary in Ghana is. The statement recalled how Justice Atuguba condemned the actions of politicians in Ghana when he stated that "The kind of political game played by politicians in Ghana have serious repercussions for the State". This outburst by Justice Atuguba, according to the group, lifted the hopes of Ghanaians to believe that the justices would be judicious in deliberations over the petition that was before them. The statement further recalled how Justice Atuguba noted that politicians had disabled the law enforcement agencies with the powers they had arrogated to themselves, adding that it was �up to the judiciary to clamp down the political bigotry", to show how powerful politicians can be and how weak the state can also be. �If we (the judiciary) don�t do it, we will be letting down the state�. In view of this, the Young Patriots, UK, is therefore urging Justice Atuguba to justify to Ghanaians as to how his outfit has been able to make the state stronger by emasculating the politicians with regard to the revelations on the tape by Victoria Hammah, which suggest that the Supreme Court Judges were influenced to determine the petition case in favour of John Dramani Mahama. �These revelations coming out from the dismissed Deputy Minister of Communication, Victoria Hammah, that indeed the Supreme Court Judges including Mr Atuguba who sat on such a high profile case that attracted the attention of the whole world, were all suborned to pass a judgement in favour of John Mahama, has put Ghana in a very bad shade,� the group added. The statement continued, �The worry of the Young Patriots UK is the current level of conspicuous height of despondency and lack of confidence in the Ghanaian institutions. At the moment, Ghanaians have No hope in the Judiciary because of overt corruption and nepotism; there's No hope in the National Security because of the political control and selective justices in Ghana; there's No hope in the government because of the interminable corruption and cronyism; and there's No hope in the Youth because of the displayed mediocrity of the young ministers and their inexorable love for dubious money.� The Young Patriots therefore added their voice in support of the numerous calls by some Ghanaians and other political parties, urging the Chief Justice to institute a judicial inquiry into this injurious allegations about the Apex Court of the Land. �Per the recent call by the Chief Justice, Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood, that Ghana needs men of integrity urgently, we believe this is a test case for her to also show that she is indeed resolute and prepared to ensure that confidence and integrity are bestowed on the Ghana judiciary,� the statement concluded.