One of the four nominees to the Supreme Court by the President Nana Akuffo Addo, Appeal Court Judge, Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga has apologized for statements he read at a Dubar of Chiefs in the Volta Region endorsing the President and asked Ghanaians to extend the President’s term of office with another four years.
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His statements at the time received a lot of public backlash as some said it was irresponsible regarding the position he occuped as a judge. With some like Kweku Baako calling on the President to drop him from nominees to the Apex Court.
Justice Honyenuga who is also a Paramount Chief of his traditional area said the speech he read during the dubar was a collective decision of the ahuhefe traditional council which he was only nominated to read on behalf of his colleague chiefs.
When asked if he took cognizance of the code of conduct of judges before reading the statement, he said he was playing the role of a traditional ruler which he thinks every traditional rulers do to cajoel political leaders to bring development to the area.
He was appointed to the High Court in 2003 after practising law for twenty years. He was later elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2008 and now nominated to the Apex Court of the land.
Source: ajnewsonline.com // Godwin Wepeba Aloriweh