The decision of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North Constituency James Gyakye Quayson to seek cover at Supreme Court over his dual citizenship case has failed as a five-member panel of the Supreme Court presided over by Justice Yaw Appau struck out his application.
The Supreme Court awarded a cost of GHc5000 against the MP in favour of the petitioner, Michael Ankomah Nimfah.
The petitioner, Michael Ankomah Nimfah has challenged that Quayson has both Ghanaian and a Canadian citizenship at the time of his election, and must not be allowed to perform the duties as a Member of Parliament.
Mr. Quayson was in Supreme Court to invoke the supervisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to assume jurisdiction over the case of his dual citizenship at the Cape Coast High Court, day before the High Court in Cape Coast had fixed to deliver its judgment in the matter. The Supreme Court said there was nothing before it per the application.
The Court said, if they were not satisfied or if there was any constitutional issue of interpretation, then the Supreme court is called up to settle.
According to the court, from the records, there was no decision from the High Court that has been made for the Supreme Court to be called upon to intervene as per this Certiorari application.
Justice Appau pointed out that, the application was premature and “we think you didn’t lay the foundations well.”
It was acknowledged that the MP’s lawyers failed to comply with the High Court’s orders to file written submissions, with their hopes on the Supreme Court.
The court panel include Justice Gabriel Pwamang, Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, Justice Nene Amergatcher and Justice Yoni Kulendi.