At the last adjourned date, the judge ruled against Lawyer Abraham Amaliba’s move for he, the judge to recuse himself for making statements in open court which indicates glaring bias or a pre-determined outcome of the substantive case, and subsequently fixed today for the lead Counsel of Hon James Joe Quayson to move the motion for stay of execution.
However, Lawyer Abraham Amaliba- lead Counsel for the 1st Respondent, informed the court today, that, though the trial judge ruled against his motion on recusal, as a result of some comments he, the trial judge made in previous hearings which to him constitutes bias on the part of the trial judge, Lawyer Amaliba, still doesn’t feel good about the developments in court and that his conscience still worries him; a development he strongly feels that his continuous involvement in the case might be injurious to the 1st Respondent’s case or interests.
Again, he believes it is proper not to be a part of any process that could result in the miscarriage of justice against anyone so he wants to move to withdraw as Counsel for the 1st Respondent.
Lawyer Frank Davies- Counsel for the Petitioner, argued against the motion citing bad faith because to him, Counsel for the 1st Respondent was only resorting to delay tactics. This prompted the Judge to question him whether Lawyer Amaliba has the right to withdraw from a case as a Lawyer or not? Frank Davies answered in the affirmative.
The trial Judge then adjourned proceedings to 1st June 2021 for hearing of the motion by Lawyer Amaliba to withdraw from the case.
As usual, the NDC was represented by the Deputy Regional Secretary – Comrade Kofi Matthew and the Regional Communication Officer – Ɔwɛnfoba Kwesi Dawood with the Court premises swarmed with Ghana Police Personnels and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) members, NPP executives, Cape Coast MCE, Gomoa West DCE, Transport Minister, Regional Communication Director, Regional Secretary, Regional Chairman and many others.