Tsatsu Tsikata, the lawyer for residents of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe, and Lolobi (SALL), has objected to the panelling of Supreme Court judge, Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga as part of justices hearing a motion filed by the Attorney General, Gloria A. Akuffo, challenging an injunction placed on the swearing-in of Member of Parliament-elect for Hohoe, John Peter Amewu.
According to him, there is a real likelihood of bias on the part of Justice Honyenuga due to his long-standing relationship with John Peter Amewu.
He also indicated that Mr. Amewu has made claims about his relationship with the Supreme Court judge.
Mr. Tsikata and his team are therefore asking the said judge to recuse himself from the case or be allowed to establish their case of bias against the judge in question.
Tsatsu Tsikata in court on Monday, January 4, 2021, argued that the practice of the court in such issues makes way for trial within the trial to allow the party raising the objection to establish their case of bias or otherwise.
On the other hand, Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Dame argued against the objection explaining that lawyers for the residents of SALL have failed to substantiate their allegations.
He described the allegation as frivolous.
The State through Godfred Dame filed a motion last Wednesday to fight an injunction placed on the swearing-in of Mr. Amewu by the Ho High Court.
The injunction was granted after some residents of SALL argued that the Electoral Commission’s failure to allow them to vote in the just-ended parliamentary elections amounted to a breach of their rights.
They said, the creation of the Oti Region, coupled with a recent Supreme Court decision and failure of the EC to create a constituency for them, meant they did not vote for a parliamentary candidate in the just-ended election.