Asawa lawmaker Alhaji Mubarak Muntaka has said he would be able to adduce facts to support his claim that during the election of the Speaker for the 8th Parliament, a Supreme Court justice tried to bribe some National Democratic Congress (NDC) members of Parliament to vote for Professor Mike Oquaye.
The former Minister of Youth and Sports said that the member who was called to justice is alive, but if it becomes appropriate to do so, the facts will be made available.
The eventual winner, Mr. Alban Bagbin, scored 138 votes during the highly contested House elections, while former Speaker Professor Mike Oquaye scored 136.
1 spoiled vote came in.
“While discussing issues concerning the election of a speaker for the 8th Parliament, he told Joy News Sunday, January 10 that “There was one that was led, I mean so shamefully, by a judge of the Supreme Court [who] called a colleague lady, telling her what they will give her, she has kids [and] they will take care of her kids; she can take fuel from the filling station for the four years.
On Monday, January 11, he repeated his accusations on Citi TV.
He added, “Over the weekend, the former Majority Leader, the Leader of Government Business, accused the NDC of bribing members on their side.”
I said no if you talk of bribing, then figure out why and who from my side is calling the representatives. And then I went on to suggest that if he wants to hear, I will inform you that even certain members of the Supreme Court have been calling my side’s members.
One of the people they called promised her all sorts of stuff, that she should mention her price. I’ve heard people say all sorts of things, we know what we do and we know what we’re keeping. I don’t take what I say lightly.
“When asked if he would be able to adduce evidence to that effect, he said, “We would definitely have all those things, the call he made, the time the call was made and all is there, so there is no question about it.
“I am sure if it becomes relevant and it pops up if it comes to the test of all the stuff that existed on that day. It would obviously be made clear that the member of my side who was approached is alive and that she is not dead.
Meanwhile, a Ghanaian professor and lawyer based in the United States, Kwesi Asare, has said the accusations must be properly investigated.
“In response to this development, on Monday, January 11, Prof Asare said in a Facebook post that “Hon. The accusation of bribery by Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak involving judges, if real, is exceedingly serious and merits an urgent, competent, and detailed investigation.
An inquiry is a truth-seeking device in order to avoid skepticism. It should not assume that the claims are accurate or untrue.
It aims only to reveal the facts, to protect the innocent, to expose the selling in guilt or lies, and to protect the dignity of the organization affected.
There is no reason to resist an inquiry or to condition it on names being given since there can be no justification for those names.
“At this point, only statements made under oath and subject to expert review will be sufficient and the scope of the inquiry will be determined.”