President Akufo-Addo has in his reaction to the ruling by the Supreme Court that the Deputy Speaker can vote and be part of the quorum for decision-making when he presides over affairs in Parliament, said nobody is above the law.
He said no one or institution of the state is above the law including him who is the president.
According to him, the ruling should put the issue on Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu opting to vote on the budget to rest.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday 9th March 2022 ruled that the Deputy Speaker when presiding can exercise a vote contrary to Standing Order 13 of Parliament.
The panel chaired by Justice Jones Dotse also said the approval of the budget was valid.
In his reaction, the President said: “All organs of the state including me as the head of the executive, are subject to the constitution. There is nobody or organ in the Ghanaian state that is above the laws of the land. To suggest that Parliament should operate without interference is to advocate for the very matter we have tried to avoid, the concentration of power. We have had that experience before and don’t want that.
In an interaction with the media on the matter, he said “As far as I can see it, and I think the Supreme Court has confirmed it, the matters involved in this are open and shut, they are black and white. There can be no dispute about the issues that the gentleman took to the Supreme Court.”