Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the vice presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has denied ever endorsing the comments of the Montie 3 against then-Chief Justice Theodora Wood.
In 2016, three NDC members Salifu Maase, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn were jailed for contempt of court after they threatened the lives of some Justices of the Supreme.
The convicts were, however, pardon after spending a month in jail by then-President John Mahama.
Before that, though, there had been a petition for the release of the trio, of which Prof. Opoku-Agyemang, the Education Minister at the time, was one of the signees.
Since being announced as the NDC’s running mate, some critics have pointed to the incident as a low point in Prof. Opoku-Agyemang’s political career.
But reacting to this, she said the petition signed by some women of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to ask for clemency for the three men, of which she was a signatory, was not an endorsement.
Former president John Mahama’s running mate offered the explanation on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, during an interview with Live FM in the Central Region where she is touring.
The former Education Minister said as law-abiding citizens and people who respect the rule of law, they, the petitioners, together with then-President John Mahama, allowed the judicial process to run smoothly without interference.
She said: “The court process was allowed to continue to its conclusion. The case was not interfered with. For those of us who listened to the comments, we told them to go and apologise because their utterances were not right. We made them apologise until the sentence. The judicial process allows for clemency or pardon. Recently, a lot of people have been pardoned.”
“As a mother, when someone commits an offence and runs to you when they being taken away, for you to apologise on their behalf, would you abandon them? Or does going to apologise on their behalf mean you support what they did? No!
“If you go to apologise to someone whose car mirror your child smashed, does it mean you endorse what your child has done?” she asked.
“Mr Mahama allowed the law to take its course. He could have shielded them but he did not do that. What are we seeing today?”. Prof Opoku Agyemang is currently on a two-day tour of the Central Region.