Barely 48 hours after lawyers for the jailed three Montie FM contemnors petitioned President John Mahama to grant their clients presidential pardon, the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has launched a campaign against the move to get them freed.

The party has already gathered 140 signatures from its officers in Winneba in the Central Region with the hope of getting more to appeal to the president to refrain from interfering with the judgement of the Supreme Court.

“Our petition is against the petition to free the Montie 3, as we have come to know them,” Policy Director of the PPP, Kofi Asamoah Siaw, noted.

Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn, and Salifu Maase, aka Mugabe, were cited for contempt by the Supreme Court for scandalising and bringing the name of the bench into disrepute when they threatened to kill justices of the court during a discussion on political talk show Pampaso, hosted by ‘Mugabe’ on Accra-based Montie FM. They were sentenced to a four-month jail term.

Following their sentencing, supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress, groups, friends, and family have mounted pressure on Mr Mahama to grant them pardon by invoking his prerogative of mercy powers under Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution.

A petition book to solicit one million signatures in support of freeing the convicts was opened at Radio Gold. It was signed by some ministers and deputy ministers. The Ga Traditional Council on Monday August 1, at a news conference, also joined the fray and pleaded with Mr Mahama to show mercy.

The petition was received at the Flagstaff House by Chief of Staff Julius Debrah.

But the PPP said: “It will be a wrong move for the president to respond positively to the petition [to free the contemnors]. …We will also collect signatures for people to support the Supreme Court of Ghana and support the culture of decency in our politics.”

The group hopes to have many people signing the counter-petition book across the country to prevent the president from bowing to pressure to free the three convicts.

“We will make the signatures available to the president for him to know that there is a section of the society that believes that we need to uphold the integrity of the society and we need to uphold the rule of law,” he added in an interview on Joy FM on Wednesday August 3.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM

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