As the clock winds down on the reign of Justice Sophia Akuffo as Chief Justice of Ghana, reports are rife as to who the president is likely to choose as the new Chief Justice of the Republic, ABC News can report.
As it stands, two names have been tipped to be favourites among the pack to ascend the highest office of the Judiciary. They are, Justice Anin Yeboah and Justice Jones Dotse who were both called to the Supreme Court on the same day though Justice Dotse is two years senior of Justice Anin Yeboah.
In an editorial presented by Paul Adom Otchere on his show, Good Evening Ghana, he provides insights into the key attributes of the two and the basis that might influence the President’s choice of Chief Justice.
According to Paul Adom-Otchere, Gabby Otchere-Darko, outgoing Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo are believed to be pushing the agenda to have Justice Dotse nominated, ABC News can report.
Philip Addison, Executive Secretary to the President, Asante Bediatuo, Atta Akyea, along with many more lawyers within the party are reportedly advocating for Justice Anin Yeboah.
According to Paul Adom-Otchere, “this matter will obviously be a difficult decision for President AKufo-Addo but it is President AKufo-Addo who is more than sufficiently endowed to make such a decision. After all, he has been at the Bar for 40 years…”
Close-circle of the President, per information divulged on the show, is torn between the two candidates with some preferring Justice Anin Yeboah over Justice Jones Dotsei because of the more favourable judgements he pronounced during the 20212 election petition.
According to Paul Adom-Otchere, whereas Justice Jones Dotse called for re-election should any of the two parties fail to secure 50%+1 votes after the excess ballots had been taken out, Justice Anin Yeboah ruled, “I, as consequential orders, order the second respondent, that is the Electoral Commission, to organise an election to elect a President as I cannot rely on an election which was seriously fraught with malpractices and irregularities and statutory violations proved in this petition to declare the First Petitioner as having being duly elected.”
According to grapevine sources, the President is endeared towards Justice Anin Yeboah for that reason and will in the coming days, declare him his choice to take over from Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo.
Below is the editorial submitted by Paul Adom-Otchere: