…As A Lawyer Six Years After Saying He Was Fake
Ex-First Lady, who attacked the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flag-bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, challenging the veracity of his legal credentials, has made a u-turn six years after.
Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, is not only recognising Mr. Akufo-Addo’s legal credentials, she called on him to explain the verdict of the Supreme Court on the election petition to her and other Ghanaians, who she said, are confused and struggling to understand the meaning of the judgement.
In 2008, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings claimed she had enough evidence to prove that the former Attorney General and Minister for Justice and NPP flag-bearer is not a lawyer after all, contrary to what his curriculum vitae beams with.
The once powerful First Lady, yesterday visited the defeated 2012 presidential candidate of the NPP to commend him, for accepting the verdict of the Supreme Court on the election petition case, but suggested that Nana Addo should publicly explain what the Supreme Court verdict means for the future elections in the country.
“The only thing that I will like to put before you as a lawyer and a statesman is to explain things to Ghanaians, because people are at a loss… Are they now saying that after spending a lot of money on equipment for verification, it doesn’t matter anymore, is that what they are saying; that we can vote without verification,’’ she asked.
According to her, many Ghanaians are confused by the ruling and are speculating on what the ruling means for biometric voting and over voting in Ghana.
The leader of the National Democratic Party (NDP), made the comments when she paid a courtesy call on Nana Akufo-Addo at his residence in Accra.
According to Mrs. Rawlings the Supreme Court verdict, gives room for speculations that voting without verification machine is no more necessary.
Mrs. Rawlings also commended Nana Akufo-Addo for putting the nation first in his acceptance speech after the verdict.
‘’The nation comes before all of us and to have put that [first] at the time when you could have said to your party members it was a stolen verdict…’’
Present at the meeting were NPP General Secretary Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, Fred Oware, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Ernest Owusu-Bempah, who used to insult the Supreme Court judges, including threatening them with death during the trial.
She commended Nana Addo and the NPP for showing true democracy.
Nana Addo on his part said, his actions were pure, because he believes in democracy. “The verdict has come and the business of explaining it is a duty that we have to expose the decision for the people of this country to understand exactly what it is that the judges had said.’’
Nana Addo was also visited by a three member delegation from the United Nations (UN) who commended him for his conduct and the decision not to seek a review in the Supreme Court’s judgment.
The UN delegation was led by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for West Africa, Said Djinnit.
Mr. Djinnit also commended the NPP for seeking legal redress in challenging the results of the 2012 Presidential elections.
Nana Konadu, who was addressing the Greater Accra wing of the Tertiary Education Institutions Network of the NDC in Accra in 2008, said Nana Addo has for too long been “lying about his own capacity and capabilities.”
Mrs. Agyeman-Rawlings said, she has enough evidence to prove that the former Attorney General and Minister for Justice, and flag-bearer of the NPP is not a lawyer after all, contrary to what his curriculum vitae beams with.
“We cannot sit down for them to peddle these lies around,” she said.
“Now we have somebody… who is coming and is also saying he is a lawyer, trained in France; it’s all a lie. He did not go to any law school. He has been practicing in Ghana as a lawyer, but he never went to law school,” Nana Konadu said.
The former First Lady said contrary to Nana Addo’s claims, he had only been working with the France-based legal firm as an economist and nothing more than that.
According to a Joy FM report at the time, it quoted the then Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, as debunking the claims describing them as “effusions of confused minds.”
He said, there is enough to prove that Nana Addo is a Lawyer, daring all to verify “the truth” at the English and Ghana Bars.
However, officials at the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) would not confirm or state otherwise the claims by the former First Lady.
Nii Osa Mills, President of the GBA, has, however, stated that he would be shocked to discover that Nana Addo, also a former President of the Greater Accra Regional Bar Association, is not a Lawyer because “he is supposed to be a Lawyer.”
According to Mrs Rawlings, the former Attorney General is not the only person “peddling falsehood” about his professional qualification; about the then President John Agyekum Kufuor himself is in the fray.
She said, the President has admitted on several platforms, including interviews with BBC reporters that he [John Agyekum Kufuor] is not a Lawyer.
Mrs Rawlings said, it is rather saddening that even though the President has admitted not being a legal expert, some members of his party, the NPP have always hyped him as one.
Meanwhile, the retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Francis Yao Kpegah, is currently in court with Nana Addo challenging his claims of being a lawyer.
Justice Kpegah’s lawyer, David Annan, is now challenging the High Court judge, Justice Ofori-Atta billed to sit on the case calling the objectivity of the judge into question.