Dr Dominic Ayine has apologised over his contemptuous comment following contempt proceedings against him by the Supreme Court Monday.
“I have looked at what I said that day and I have come to the conclusion that I went overboard. I crossed the lines with respect to the remarks that I made in terms of attributing impropriety to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Ghana.
“This morning, I delivered a letter to His Lordship the Chief Justice, offering an unqualified apology to the court,” the lawmaker said after hearing at the Apex court.
The Supreme Court directed him to go before the media and retract the contempt statement he made about the court.
“We don’t want anything from him, he should just go back to the media and retract the statement that he made,” the Chief Justice said on behalf of the bench during the contempt hearing Monday.
The bench made the directive after Dr Ayine’s lawyers had pleaded on his behalf and informed them that his client had submitted an apology letter for his actions.
Dr Ayine in his post-hearing address to the press on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 said petitioner’s team had made it clear in the petition that there were a number of infractions contrary to what he says are attempts by the Court to limit the petition to a single issue petition.
“We are contesting even the constitutionality of the declaration that was made. We are saying that she violated article 23 of the Constitution because she’s an administrative body. We have also said her exercise of discretion was contrary to article 296 of the Constitution”.
“These are all germane issues under the Constitution and laws of Ghana and to reduce the petition into a single-issue petition, is rather unfortunate and smacks of a predetermined agenda to rule against the petitioner in this matter,” the former Deputy Attorney General lamented.