Over Dirty Media Campaign Demonizing Supreme Court Justices
By Alfred K Dogbey
The family of Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, one of the Supreme Court Justices, who adjudicated the Election Petition, has rubbished a politically-motivated publication in the Daily Guide, suggesting that he had fled town after the August 29 verdict, that declared Nana Akufo-Addo was genuinely vanquished by John Dramani Mahama at the 2012 polls.
It described the publication in the pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) newspaper as deeply buried in “absolute mischief and falsehood”. It revealed Justice Baffoe-Bonnie, after the judgement has been in Accra, and not fled Ghana, as claimed.
The family also wondered why the respected judge, is being tagged “a traitor” by those unhappy with the Supreme Court verdict.
The same newspaper through its cartoonist Peter, a Visual Art Tutor at Saint Mary’s Senior High School (SHS), nicknamed “Akosua” has in recent times been demonizing the respected Supreme Court judges, especially Justice William Atuguba, President of the nine-member of panel justices, who sat on the election petition, depicting him as a monster through its series of cartoons. Once, it suggested Nana Addo won the case, but
Justice Atuguba used his powers to change the verdict in favour of President Mahama.
A brother of the Supreme Court Judge, Kwesi Sainti Baffoe-Bonnie, also told The Herald that contrary to the claims of the Daily Guide that his
brother was missing at last Saturday’s graduation ceremony of his daughter, Terrylyna Baffoe-Bonnie, together with his wife Pat and members of the family, Eugene Baffoe Bonnie and Enock Baffoe-Bonnie, were all there.
“Justice Paul Baffoe Bonine, slept at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Kumasi, room number 1412 from Friday to Sunday. All the dignitaries got resounding applause from the audience as they were introduced”, Mr. Baffoe-Bonnie, told The Herald.
23-year-old daughter of Justice Baffoe-Bonnie, Terrylyna, graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) as a medical doctor, last Saturday.
He also disclaimed media reports which also said the judge was hooted at saying he was “Never..never hooted at ..rather they were applauded and afterwards he mingled with friends and many of the dignitaries present”.
Justice Baffoe-Bonnie, he said “was acknowledged together with other dignitaries like, Yaw Osafo-Marfo, Patricia Appiahagyei, Member of Parliament (MP) for Asokwa, wife of the former Kototo CEO, K.K Sarpong and other professors from the medical and dental disciplines”.
The Daily Guide, last Monday in a blazing headline reported one of the Supreme Court judges, Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, was “missing in action” at the graduation ceremony of her daughter in Kumasi over the weekend.
The same newspaper in the same report also claimed that Justice Baffoe-Bonnie was also “hooted” at by the gathering even though he was not present at the ceremony.
But The Herald has received pictures of the Supreme Court Justice, his wife, his daughter and other family members at the graduation ceremony.
Brother of the Supreme Court Judge, Mr. Baffoe-Bonnie, who also attended his niece’s graduation ceremony at KNUST, confirmed the judge’s attendance to the graduation.
On the description of the Justice Baffoe Bonnie as a “traitor”, Mr. Baffoe-Bonnie rhetorically questioned “does it mean. The NPP thought he was a sympathizer, therefore, should have ruled for them or what.”
Mr. Baffoe-Bonnie went on that “Paul is the same judge who ruled on a case in favour of now Ghana’s Ambassador to Libya, Hodary Okine. Who got sacked from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and the NDC rejoiced. Then he sat on the Nana Konadu case and in one instance told ex-President Jerry John Rawlings to sit down in his courtroom, and the NPP applauded him”.
“He ruled in a case against a pro-NDC demonstration, he was highly praised by the NPP. Now he has ruled in the election petition and the NPP are calling him names. He has been consistent and unbiased in his rulings”, Mr. Baffoe-Bonnie said of his brother.
The Herald’s independent check also revealed the same Justice Baffoe-Bonnie, was the High Court judge who in a judicial review overturned the decision of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), indicting Dr. Richard Anane, during the John Agyekum Kufuor regime.
Dr. Anane, who had resigned as Road Minister was brought back by then President Kufuor, who had kept the Ministry waiting for him, for over a year.
He resigned after an investigation by CHRAJ into his sexual escapades and certain payments to an America lady named, Alexandria O’Brian, resulting in the birth of a son called, Nicholas Anane. Dr. Anane became a good friend of the Judge since.
Mr. Baffoe-Bonnie, who had spoken on an Accra-based radio station, Radio Gold insisted his brother’s name was mentioned among the list of dignitaries, and stood up on his feet and equally acknowledged cheers by the audience just as other invited guests did.
He said, nowhere during the ceremony did anybody or students hooted at the highly regarded Supreme Court Justice, who has shown to the world his credibility and objectivity.
Meanwhile, already, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a cousin of the twice-defeated presidential candidate of NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, has started writing his own version of the Supreme Court judgment, declaring a win for the embattled Akufo-Addo.
Another report by the newspaper that the judges were fleeing out of the country is also not true. Justice Jones Dotse, for instance was spotted over the weekend at a funeral in his hometown, Kpando-Tsakpe in Volta Region.
Justice William Atuguba, on the other hand, according to family sources was only visiting his daughter who lives in America with a her husband. He does so almost at every legal vacation, The Herald learnt.
Checks by The Herald revealed that the only judge, among the nine justices, who took flight out of the country subsequent to the ruling is the recently divorced Justice Kwesi Anin Yeboah.