Following the ruling that upheld the Electoral Commission’s declaration that NDC’s John Mahama won the 2012 presidential elections, a section of the Ghanaian populace accused the retired Justice of being biased against the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) challenging NDC’s victory.
Speaking on the sidelines of a lecture to honor him for his commitment and dedication to the nation, he described the allegations as unfortunate.
Justice William Atuguba retired on the 1st July 2018 after 22 years with the Judiciary. He is among the longest-serving Justices of the Supreme Court of the land.
“At the beginning, people were saying because I was appointed by the NDC I was pro-NDC. When I started giving judgement against them, then I heard NDC people say I was pro-NPP. And when I gave judgement against…then you see what I mean.
“All I will appeal to those who thinking that way is that they should take all the judgements I have written, then try to subsume them politically they will get the answer from there,”
Admitting that he does not control the opinions people have about his service to the legal fraternity, he stated, however, that if critics wish to do a proper evaluation of his work, the standard for forming an informed opinion of his work will be to read his judgements dispassionately.
“If they choose not to [read the judgements] what is my power over them? But if they do it that way, I cannot see how any reasonable person can apply that tag to me,” he added.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, has said Justice Atuguba exhibited good and intensive knowledge of law during the 2012 election petition case.
Speaking the same event, Justice Akuffo lauded Justice Atuguba’s leadership, stating he guided the contending parties and led the country through eight-month long petition.
“I’ve known and admired Atuguba for many years. It was the election petition for 2013 that brought him into the homes and minds of the general public. Taking on a duty that was as noble as it was delicate, he guided the parties and led the whole nation through eight months,” she said.
She added: “Justice Atuguba often had to act as Chief Justice and on each occasion, he handled the duty with characteristics excellence and commitment”.