The South Dayi MP, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor has described as unacceptable, the comment passed by the Attorney-General, Godfred Dame regarding the performance of the Minority’s lawyer, Godwin Edudzi-Tamakloe, in court on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, the Attorney-General declared that the performance of Mr. Edudzi-Tamakloe in court during the hearing of the application for injunction on the implementation of the e-Levy, was embarrassing.
According to Mr. Dame, his assertion is based on the fact that Mr. Edudzi-Tamakloe failed to provide evidence to back his arguments in Court.
“You saw what happened in court today. It was an embarrassing spectacle. The lawyer clearly was not able to demonstrate any form of irregularities with proceedings in Parliament. The court asked him, so is there any record that indicates that X number of MPs walked out at a certain stage?
“He obviously said no, there was no evidence indicating whether there was a headcount of a number of MPs present in Parliament who voted to support the bill. There was also nothing indicated by the lawyer which suggests there was a walkout of X number of MPs, so I think we should ignore all that propaganda,” he said.
Speaking on Top Story on Wednesday, in reaction to this, Mr. Dafeamekpor took exception to the Attorney-General’s comment.
According to him, the A-G was not supposed to describe his fellow lawyer in that manner.
“You could make your legal argument, you could say that your argument as canvassed in opposition to the application prevail, that is what we say do lawyers. But don’t tell the general public that his performance today was embarrassing,” he said.
He stated he was three seats behind the lawyer and was proud of his performance during his argument in the Supreme Court.
He added that “as a practicing lawyer who has also practiced before in Supreme Court on several occasions, I think Edudzi distinguished himself.”
According to him, during the Court proceedings, he observed that the A-G was given an ample time of 25 minutes to speak without being stopped, whereas Edudzi talked for around 55 minutes and was interrupted by practically all of the judges, with the exception of Justice Mariam Owusu.
“Edudzi was answering about four questions at the time from the judges. The judges didn’t hound the A-G in that manner. At a point, four judges were asking Edudzi four different questions at the same time, he was able to respond to each and every one of them for the A-G to miss a course and take to media to say that his performance today was embarrassing, is with all due respect to him, unacceptable,” he stressed.