NPP can give me a bed to sleep in court they will lose the by-election – Gyakye Quayson

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James Gyakye Quayson, the troubled former Member of Parliament (MP) for the Central Region’s Assin North Constituency, claims he is unfazed by the court’s decision to hear his perjury case every day.

“If they want, they can do so by giving me a bed to sleep in the court to enable me to attend the court, but the New Patriotic Party will lose the by-elections,” he claimed.

“They can further give me a chamber to sleep in the court but Assin North will fall to me,” he noted.

In response to the court’s decision to hear his perjury case daily, Mr. Quayson, who is also the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) candidate for the Assin North by-election scheduled for June 27, 2023, made these remarks.

He remarked, “They can share money before the by-election, but the people will vote against them,” in an interview with Joy FM in Accra.

He continued, “I even want to disguise myself and take some of the money and give it to the chiefs and people of the area.

He made comments against government initiatives for development that are allegedly intended to win over voters in the area.

He said that since the residents of the area deserve development, it is okay if the government is bringing it about as a result of the by-election.

The High Court decided that James Gyakye Quayson’s perjury and forgery trial would commence on a daily basis on Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

This comes after Quayson’s attorney Justin Terriwajjah’s request to have the trial continued after the Assin North by-election scheduled for June 27, 2023 was denied by the court presided over by Justice Mary Maame Ekue Yanzuh.

It was necessary to continue the trial after the by-election for Quayson to have a fair playing field in the campaign, the counsel claimed, because his client was starting a national duty in an effort to represent the residents of Assin North in parliament.

The Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, criticized the petition and emphasized that nobody had given Quayson a national duty, calling his decision to run in the by-election a “voluntary and selfish quest.”

He contended that a speedy trial was necessary to determine Quayson’s legal standing since, if found guilty of the accusations brought against him, he may be sentenced to prison.

Therefore, he requested that the case be heard in court every day starting the following week.

Mr. Terriwajjah agreed that the trial should proceed daily but he begged that it should only be done after the by-election.

The court subsequently rejected his prayer.

The trial will proceed on June 20, 21, and 23, according to a date set by the court.

The cross-examination of the first prosecution witness will continue, as Quayson, who is accused of forgery and perjury in relation to a number of alleged offenses in the run-up to the 2020 Assin North parliamentary election, is being represented by attorneys.


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