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Mahama’s election petition puts Justice Jones Dotse’s speakership in severe danger

To many ordinary minds, the presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, merely filed a suit at the Supreme Court challenging the outcome of the 2020 polls, but to the initiated, that suit might seal the destiny of a highly respected jurist in the country.

The suit will determine whether, Justice Jones Victor Mawulorm Dotse, remains on the Supreme Court bench or becomes the next Speaker of Parliament and presides over the swearing-in of President Nana Akufo-Addo on January 7, 2021.

If he is to sit on the election petition as one of the experienced judges, then he cannot be the Speaker of the next Parliament, since he and other judges, would have 42 days to settle the case, and it looks certain that the experience and competence of the man who coined the politically insinuated phrase “create, loot and share” in the Alfred Woyome case to damn the John Atta-Mills administration as corrupt, will most likely be empanelled by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah.

If this is to happen, he cannot be available for January 6, 2021, nomination and balloting as Speaker of Parliament, which was dangled in front of him as a political reward; a way back into the rough-and-tumble of Ghanaian politics after life on the bench.

But already, media reports are that the speakership of the 8th parliament is hotly being sought after by the incumbent, Prof. Mike Oquaye; the National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay; former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Nii Ayikoi Otoo and the Private Legal Practitioner, Frank Davies.

Coincidently, Frank Davis, who is also the Board Chairman of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) had been mentioned by the NPP’s Campaign Manager for the 2020 election, Peter Mac Manu, as one of the lawyers studying the petition filed by ex-President Mahama, on behalf of the NPP.

Justice Dotse, who is currently President Nana Akufo-Addo’s nominee on the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) at Ho in the Volta Region, was twice by-passed by the President when the position of Chief Justice became vacant, with many legal experts, describing him as the best man for the job, because he is well-mannered compared to Justice Anin Yeboah, who even takes his NPP politics to the classroom and many times being in a rage with his students for disagreeing with his anti-Nkrumah and anti-Rawlings sentiments.

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