Sunday, April 21, 2013
We move on further to examine the intricacies of the other documents filed by Akufo-Addo and his lawyer, Godfred Yeboah Dame. We do so because of the numerous red flags raised in several parts of these documents to suggest that something isn’t adding up well.
Discrepancy in contents of documents from the Middle Temple
The document from the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (labelled as Exhibit “NADA 1”) seems to be based on the information contained in the extract. This typescripted document has no signature of the issuing official of the Middle Temple and is similar to the one that Akufo-Addo had attached to his motion for the dismissal of the suit before filing this supplementary affidavit.
The contents of the extract from the Middle Temple and the “official” note given the William Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo are not fully compatible. Continue reading
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Reading the news report that Akufo-Addo “may sue” Justice Kpegah for defamation (see http://edition.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201304/104760.php) has made me wonder whether such a threat will ever materialize. If it does, it will definitely be an interesting reversal of fate. In suing Akufo-Addo for impersonation, Justice Kpegah has asked for certain reliefs aimed at reducing Akufo-Addo to rubble. So clearly forewarned—and mindful of the implications—Akufo-Addo has forearmed himself.
I am compelled to come out with this opinion piece because of the news report that Myjoyonline published to suggest that the General Legal Council had authenticated Akufo-Addo’s claim with “a certified true copy of extract from Roll Books.”
Myjoyonline did a shoddy job on this matter, which I want to tackle and lay bare the aspects that its reporter failed to analyze to set the records right. If that reporter didn’t have access to the documents filed by Akufo-Addo’s lawyer as “supplementary affidavits,” I do.
And my analysis will reveal the intricacies to prove that the General Legal Council’s so-called “certified true copy of extract from Roll Books” is nothing but an appropriation of a handwritten document issuing forth from the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. The General Legal Council didn’t give Akufo-Addo its own bona fide “certified true copy of extract from Roll Books” because it didn’t have any to give him!! Continue reading
Friday, April 19, 2013
Akufo-Addo’s filing of a supplementary affidavit at the High Court concerning the law suit brought against him by retired Supreme Court judge, Justice F. Y. Kpegah challenging his qualification as a lawyer is no laughing matter as we have insisted all along.
Contrary to what his followers insulting us may believe, the suit has substance and will definitely add to the woes nagging Akufo-Addo, sending him into a tail-spin and an excursion into the religious realm. We have been informed of his encounter with about 300 graduates of Junior High Schools at an all-night prayer session. What for?
The problems facing him are not meant for God to solve. They are mundane issues to be solved with good arguments, concrete evidence, and self-confidence, not a flight into sentimentalism and the transcendental. Heaven helps those who help themselves. Continue reading
Friday, April 19, 2013
I continue my discussion of the suit brought against Akufo-Addo by Justice Kpegah with a simple question: If the Kpegah case is dead on arrival, why should Akufo-Addo not be at ease but scramble for “extracts” and not certified copies of his certificates to file as supplementary affidavits?
There must be something really nerve-wracking happening in the rat hole! Continue reading
Thursday, April 18, 2013
As we inch gradually toward April 23 for the first hearing of Justice Kpegah’s suit of impersonation against Akufo-Addo, opinions remain divided on the substance of the suit.
Akufo-Addo, his lawyers, and followers are optimistic that the suit will be dismissed outright because it lacks substance. On the other hand, those critical of Akufo-Addo’s professional stature think that he has questions to answer and will be disappointed if the case doesn’t go the whole hog for them to know who and what exactly Akufo-Addo is.
These critics of Akufo-Addo remain unconvinced of his calling and repeatedly say that he is not a qualified lawyer just because they haven’t been told where he had his training in law. Not even the confirmation of the listing of William Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as being called to the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple will make them change their minds. They may be right because there are questions on pupillage and other requirements for one to be certified as a lawyer, even after having being called into the Middle Temple. Such questions haven’t yet been answered. Continue reading
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Having gone thus far in unpacking the implications of Justice Kpegah’s suit against Akufo-Addo, we are at the point where we want to clarify issues to help those following us keenly understand more clearly what is at stake.
Some have misconstrued issues and thought that we were out to doom Akufo-Addo for whatever motives best known to us. I disagree strongly and urge them to see what we do as a public education effort. We are keenly pursuing this matter not because we are wicked, mischievous, tribalistic, or plain insensitive to the feelings of Akufo-Addo. Far from that.
For one thing, it must be stated that Akufo-Addo is well-accomplished, having served in various capacities and now fighting tooth-and-nail to be Ghana’s President. Thus, this suit provides us the opportunity to do all we can to settle all doubts about his integrity. And we will continue to do so till the dust settles for us all to know him as he is and be comfortable knowing him. Probably, Kofi Coomson of the Ghanaian Chronicle will revise his notes after all is done.
We are pursuing the matter in the interest of public conscience and service to society and Akufo-Addo himself. That is why we have been picking the issues apart from several perspectives and discussing for all that they entail. We have also kept updating our findings and their implications as such. Continue reading
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The opinion piece by Kofi Ata, Cambridge, UK, entitled “Mr. William Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo was called to the English Bar” confirms the extent to which public-spirited people are unpacking the controversy surrounding the professional stature of the NPP’s Akufo-Addo within the context of Justice Kpegah’s suit against him for impersonation. (See Ghanaweb.com: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=270869)
The writer frontloaded this conclusive statement: “I can confirm on authority that Middle Temple in the UK has confirmed to me in an e-mail that, Mr. William Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo was called to the English Bar on 22 July 1971.”
He moved on to base his affirmation on tentative responses that he had received from a Mr. Richard Chapman and a junior staff member at Middle Temple whose name he claimed he was advised not to disclose. And he kept that promise.
At this point, it is important to reiterate the fundamental claim that many of us who have been keenly monitoring the situation and investigating the issue have made. We have no qualms about Akufo-Addo’s claim that he was called to the English Bar in July 1971 or that he had worked with the now defunct Courdet Freres law firm in Paris thereafter till 1975. Continue reading