Charlotte Osei sues Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang

Accra, Mrs Charlotte Osei, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), has sued Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang, the lawyer who signed the petition of some workers of the Commission to the President.

In a writ filed at an Accra High Court, Mrs Osei contended that the petition purportedly seeking for her impeachment was defamatory and it injured her hard won reputation.

She is therefore seeking damages for libel against the lawyer for the publication on Facebook.

She is also seeking an order of the Court directed at the Lecturer of the Ghana School of Law to retract those publications and apologise.

According to the EC Boss, the publication was widely published on radio, television and social media platforms.

The EC Boss is also seeking a declaration that the statements that Plaintiff is managerially and administratively inept because Plaintiff has no respect for the organisational structure of the EC, has poor human relations not befitting of any leader in public space, has unilaterally transferred District Electoral Officers perceived to be pro-NPP, polarised the Commission along political lines and disunited its members at paragraphs 11, 12, 13, 20, 21 and 26 of the petition attached to Defendant’s letter conveying the petition to his Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana are defamatory of Plaintiff.

She wants another declaration that the statements that Plaintiff has constituted herself into the Commission’s Tender Review Committee contrary to the Procurement Act, unilaterally awarded a contract of about $ 25,000 to a South African companyto change and re-develop the Commission’s logo under the guise of rebranding set out at paragraphs 6, 18, 23, 27 of the petition attached to Defendant’s letter conveying the petition to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana are defamatory of Plaintiff.

It said: A declaration that the statements that Plaintiff nearly pushed Ghana to the precipices by her political posture prior to the conduct of the 2016 general elections, has a political bias and prejudice against Ghanaians who support the New Patriotic Party (NPP) by antagonising the NPP prior to the 2016 general election brought embarrassment to the Commission through her arrogant posture set out at paragraphs 3, 4, 14, 19 of the petition attached to Defendant’s letter conveying the petition to his Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana are defamatory of Plaintiff.

The EC boss wants a further declaration that the statements that Plaintiff has been engaging in cronyism by awarding contracts to the tune of $14,310,961.00 to her cronies the value of which contract sums exceed the approved threshold of the PPA, the details of which statements are set out at paragraph 8 of the petition attached to Defendant’s letter conveying the contents of the petition to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana are defamatory of Plaintiff.

Madam Charlotte Osei also wants general damages for libel against the lawyer for publishing and or causing to be published the aforesaid words of and concurring in Plaintiff, as well as an order directed at the Defendant to publish a retraction and an apology with the same prominence as the defamatory words on his Facebook page as well as one publication in the Daily Graphic.

She also filed for an injunction restraining the defendant from publishing defamatory statements against the Plaintiff as well as costs, including lawyer’s fees.

According to the Plaintiff, a statement by the Defendant that she is managerially and administratively inept has greatly injured Plaintiff’s reputation and credibility as an expert in business management, compliance and regulation, corporate/business law, banking as well as labour with significant experience.

She averred that for the defendant to state that she had constituted herself into the EC’s Tender Review Committee and singularly chairs the Entity Tender Committee, was understood to mean that the plaintiff is dishonest and fraudulent, self-centred, does not have the interest of the nation at heart and generally engaged in criminal activity such as corruption and is debased and perverted in character.

On July 13, this year, Mr Opoku-Agyemang purportedly, acting on behalf of a group known as Concerned staff of EC forwarded a petition to the President for the initiation of processes for the removal of Mrs Osei under article 14 (3) of the 1992 Constitution.

The petition among others, accused Mrs Osei for compromising the independence and neutrality of the Commission by arranging for an official vehicle from the office of the President in 2015; and also for holding unto her office as a board member the Ghana Reinsurance Company on becoming the EC boss.

They also accused her of making decisions without recourse to the Commission.

Mrs Osei has subsequently denied all the allegations and made counter allegations against her two deputy commissioners.

Source: Ghana News Agency