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Stay in your lane; I don’t need your legal advice: Justice Abdulai slams Mahama

Mr Justice Abdulai, the petitioner in the Supreme Court dispute involving Deputy Speakers’ voting powers, has stated that he does not want legal help from former President John Mahama.

Mr Abdulai claims that the former President lacks the legal expertise to assist him.

Since he is a lawyer, he believes he should be advising Mr Mahama on legal matters.

Mr Mahama had previously called the apex court’s 7-0 unanimous finding that presiding deputy speakers had the ability to vote “regrettable” and said, “I look forward to the applicant appealing for a review of this ruling.”

Mr Abdulai responded to Mr Mahama’s remark on Accra100.5FM’s morning show Ghana Yensom on Thursday, March 17, 2022, saying, “The former president cannot counsel me on the law because he is not a lawyer.”

Mr Abdulai stated, “I respect him as a former president, but he cannot advise me on legal problems.”

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Mr Abdulai asked the court to rule that First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-action Owusu’s of counting himself as one of the MPs on the floor while presiding over House proceedings in relation to the formation of a quorum for the passage of the 2022 budget, which had previously been rejected by the minority side, was unconstitutional.

He believed that once a Deputy Speaker, who is also an MP, takes over as Speaker, he loses his ability to vote.

However, in a unanimous decision on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, the seven-member Bench, presided over by Justice Jones Dotse, held that a Deputy Speaker who is also a Member of Parliament does not lose his right to participate in decision-making in parliament based on a true and proper interpretation of Articles 103 and 104 of the 1992 Constitution.

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On Saturday, March 12, 2022, Mr Abdulai, who is also a lawyer, spoke to the media about the verdict, saying, “This problem concerning the Deputy Speaker and the real Speaker being one and the same is something I thought the Supreme Court should have made a solid statement on.”

“Whoever holds a post – whether acting or deputy – has the same powers and authorities as the substantive one, according to the Constitution. The Deputy Speaker is the same or fulfills the same position or duty as the Speaker, according to the Standing Orders,” he claimed.

“Because of these difficulties, I expected the Supreme Court to issue a solid ruling on those issues, putting an end to that part of it.” “A strong statement would have provided some sort of clarity and finality to the current disagreements,” he remarked.

“[Justices] believed, in their own opinion, ‘that it wasn’t borne out of the reliefs that I was seeking,’ therefore they declined to award it,” he stated. That’s fair, and it’s all part of the legal system.”

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On Thursday, the law lecturer told CTV’s Dwabre Mu morning show host Nana Otu Darko that he has been bombarded with calls since the apex court ruled on the case.

“I’m getting calls from both important NPP and NDC figures… I’ve also received phone calls from former and current students.”

He further claimed that several television stations have “called me particularly for fund-raising objectives to support the review.”

Mr Abdulai said he finds it “humbling” that so many Ghanaians are willing to help with the legal process, but he has opted not to take any monetary offers.

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Source: DailyNewsGhana.com/2022

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