APC WELCOME THE PRESIDENT DECISION TO PARDON THE THREE MONTIE CONTEMNORS
The All People’s Congress(APC) gladly welcome and respect the decision by H.E. John Mahama acting on the advice of the Council of State to pardon and set free the Montie 3.
The authority and independence of the Judiciary has not been undermined by the Executive. The Judiciary used the law to convict the Montie 3 without interference from the Executive and the same law has been used by the Executive in consultation with the Council of State to set them free.
The Judiciary exercise their authority under Article 127 of the 1992 Constitution to pronounced judgement on the Montie 3 and the Executive acting on the advice of the Council of State has exercise it authority under Article 72 to show Mercy on the Montie 3. Both arms of Government have perform their functions in accordance with the 1992 Constitution. None of the two arms of Government is at fault under the current weak 1992 Constitution. This is one of the reasons why Dr. Hassan Ayariga is strongly championing the total amendment of the 1992 Constitution so that Political Power shall be separated from Economic Power as well as reduce the powers and influence of the Executive on the other two arms of Government.
Constitutional Amendment is the Only way to strengthened our multi-party democracy and governance system.
APC respected the Supreme Court judgement on the Montie 3, the same way we respect and appreciate the President and the Council of State decision to set them free. The decision by both the Executive and the Judiciary on the Montie 3 are legal under the current 1992 Constitution.
All the three arms of Government deserves the same respect but in accordance with the proper chain of command, power and authority, the Executive deserves the utmost respect and dignity follow by the Legislature and lastly the Judiciary.
The Executive and the Legislature arms of Government are elected by the soverign votes of the vast majority of Ghanaians, And the members of the Judiciary led by the Chief Justice are appointed by the minority specifically the Executive with some instance approved by the Legislature.
Until the 1992 Constitution is totally amended to permit the Election of the Chief Justice of Ghana, the Judiciary shall never be the final authoritative institution.
All Powers and Authority are vested in the President under the 1992 Constitution therefore let us also NOT try to undermine the powers, authority and independence of the Executive arm of Government.
Razak Kojo Opoku