A High Court in Accra has dismissed a suit filed by a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Francis Yaonasu Kpegah against the main opposition New Patriotic Party’s 2012 Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The former Supreme Court judge filed the suit on March 19, 2013, accusing the presidential candidate of the NPP of impersonation and holding himself out as a lawyer, when the evidence available to him proves otherwise.
But the court, presided over by Justice Cecelia Sowah dismissed the case, describing it as frivolous.
The court heard the arguments on the application on April 23, 2013 and adjourned the case to today – where it outrightly struck out Justice Kpegah’s writ.
The court held that based on the defendant’s evidence placed before it, and the plaintiff’s failure to file an affidavit in opposition, it was striking out the case.
It was the court’s considered opinion that based on the affidavit evidence placed before it Nana Akufo-Addo was the same person as W.A.D. Akufo-Addo who was called to the Utter Bar of the Middle Temple in 1971 and subsequently admitted and called on the Roll of lawyers in Ghana by the General Legal Council.
Counsel for Justice Kpegah, Mr David Annan, who was not satisfied with the outcome announced his intention to contest the ruling.
Though Nana Akufo-Addo was not in court he was represented by Mr Frank Davies and Mr Godfred Dame.
Justice Kpegah who appeared in court walked with difficulty and had to be carried into his car after the verdict was given.
Frank Davies, counsel for the 2012 NPP flagbearer told Citi News in an interview that the “ruling has put to rest the lingering talks about Nana Addo not being a lawyer.”
“The court has delivered a ruling to the effect that Nana Adoo Danquah is, was and has always been a lawyer.”