Case against me frivolous, vexatious, an abuse of court processes in bad faith — Gyakye Quayson

The embattled Assin North Member of Parliament James Gyakye Quayson has described the petition against him as frivolous, vexatious, an abuse of court processes, and in bad faith.

James Quayson

He has filed a 39-paragraphed affidavit at the Supreme Court contesting an interlocutory injunction against him.

Quayson also described the petitioner's case as "blatant forum shopping" and should not be countenanced by the Supreme Court.

"This court should, with respect, not allow any litigant to act in such bad faith and engage in blatant forum shopping in instituting a new action for the determination of a matter already before another panel of this Court and also pending before other lower courts. The Plaintiff, while urging the panel of the Supreme Court before whom 1st Defendant’s application to quash the decision of the Court of Appeal, Cape Coast, and for the Supreme Court to refer to itself the interpretation of Article 94(2)(a) of the Constitution was pending, rot to make the reference, issues a new writ to be put before another panel of the court," he said.


In a statement, the NDC MP said "This is unacceptable forum shopping, and it would set a dangerous precedent if such conduct should be countenanced by this court. The writ filed invoking the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is simply an abuse of the process of the court. Plaintiff is not engaged in a genuine quest for an authoritative interpretation from this court of a constitutional provision. Rather, under the guise of an invocation of the original jurisdiction of this court, he is seeking reliefs that are the subject matter of the pending suits in the lower courts, as well as this court. What Plaintiff is seeking in the election petition that he instituted against the 1st Defendant is clearly the process that this court ought to have him continue pursuing as against this new suit."

On December 30, 2020, a resident of Assin North, Michael Ankomah-Nimfah, filed a parliamentary election petition at the Cape Coast High Court challenging the eligibility of Quayson to be an MP.

He contended that the MP was not eligible on the basis that at the time he [Quayson] filed his nomination to contest as a parliamentary candidate, he was still a citizen of Canada.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will today, Wednesday, April 13, 2022, rule on the motion seeking to stop James Gyakye Quayson from holding himself out as the MP.


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