The Supreme Court has adjourned Sine Die (indefinitely), the case involving the Chief Executive Officer of Citi FM, Samuel Atta-Mensah and the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho.The case which was earlier scheduled for Thursday was not heard and according to information available to citifmonline.com, one of the judges was not available.
The registrar is expected to communicate the new date to the lawyers later.
Mr Samuel Atta-Mensah is praying the Supreme court to declare as unconstitutional, the Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho’s decision not to be sworn in as President before acting in that position in the absence of the President and his Vice.
The Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho, on two occasions, refused to take the mandatory oath of office, while the President, John Mahama and his Vice, Amissah-Arthur were on official assignments.
Doe Adjaho stuck to his decision despite a letter from the President, John Mahama to the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Woode to swear him in as President.
Though the Speaker is reported to have consulted with the Chief Justice and the Chief Legislative Draft person of the Attorney General’s office in making his decision, Lawyer for Samuel Atta-Mensah, Nii Apatu Plange said that he “erred,” and that the only body mandated to interpret the constitution is the Supreme Court.
“Anything that has to do with the constitution must be decided by the Supreme Court and no other body. So if the constitution says the speaker shall [swear the oath] then that is what he must do,” he told Citi Breakfast Show host Bernard Avle in 2014.
By: Godwin Allotey Akweiteh/citifmonlin.com/Ghana