Former Deputy Attorney General, Dr Dominic Ayine, has spoken about the partisan approach adopted by a section of Ghanaians towards the ruling on the just ended maritime dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Saturday, September 23 ruled in favour of Ghana as far as the maritime boundary dispute between the two countries was concerned.
The Chamber ruled unanimously that Ghana did not violate the rights of Cote d’Ivoire in exploring oil at the maritime boundary.
After the ruling, some political activists took to social media to attribute the legal victory to some specific individuals.
Similarly, a former Minster of Lands and Natural Resources, Mike Hammah, told Chief Jerry Forson on the Ghana Yensom show on Accra 100.5FM on Tuesday, September 26 that although the victory is for Ghana, credit must be given to late President John Evans Atta Mills who he claimed initiated the processes that led to the court hearing.
But also speaking in an interview with show host Forson on Tuesday, September 26, Dr Ayine said: “…we had excellent legal luminaries on our team, we had our own senior legal luminary Tsatsu Tsikata who was on the team as the local lead expert… it was quite an excellent team for purposes of the conduct of litigation.”
He added: “The credit goes to Ghana as a country for the way both governments (past and current) handled the matter and I don’t think anybody should just run away with the credit and say we are the ones who did it.
“I think as Ghanaians, there should be a point in time when we can celebrate as a country and not be too partisan in the way we do things.”