Former President John Mahama has alleged that President Nana Akufo-Addo has strategically appointed numerous judges with pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) leanings to the courts to evade accountability once he leaves office. Speaking at the conclusion of the 3rd Annual Lawyers Conference of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on September 2, 2023, Mahama claimed that the current judiciary is saturated with NPP-aligned judges due to a deliberate government policy.
According to Mahama, Akufo-Addo has appointed a significant number of judges, surpassing 80 and still increasing, which he views as an attempt to influence the judicial landscape. He asserted that this was done with the intention of avoiding accountability once the NPP government exits office.
Mahama encouraged NDC legal practitioners to consider pursuing careers in the judiciary to bring balance to the political composition within the judicial system. He emphasized the importance of NDC-affiliated legal professionals serving as judges to counter the perceived imbalance in the judiciary.