CID petitioned to probe Assin North MP’s dual citizenship allegations

The Assin North MP is purported to have perjured himself

CID petitioned to probe Assin North MP’s dual citizenship allegations
Assin North MP, James Quayson

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has been petitioned by the NPP's Central Regional Secretary, Richard Takyi Mensah to investigate the NDC MP for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson over allegations that he falsely declared that he owes allegiance to only Ghana in order to contest in the 2020 polls.

According to Mr Mensah, who filed the petition in his personal capacity,  Mr. Quayson at the time of filing his nomination forms in October 2020, held allegiance to both Ghana and Canada, against the constitution of Ghana.

“Mr. James Gyakye Quayson signed a Statutory Declaration under Party IV of the forms. Mr. James Gyakye Quayson appended his signature before a judicial officer that he did not owe allegiance to any country other than Ghana, at the time when he was fully aware that as a matter of fact, he owed allegiance to Canada at that material time of making the said Statutory Declaration,” he said in the petition as quoted by Citinewsroom.

He said, Mr. Quayson through his actions had perjured himself “by lying under oath” and it was, therefore, necessary for criminal investigations to be initiated against him.

“It is also interesting to point out that in his quest to acquire a Ghanaian passport on 30th July 2019, Mr. James Gyakye Quayson was asked whether he held a dual citizenship, but he answered in the negative when in fact at the time of filling the said Ghanaian passport application forms, he was holding on the Canadian citizenship.” he added

Mr. Gyakye Quayson is already facing legal action over allegations that he holds dual citizenship and contested in the 2020 polls contrary to Ghana’s laws.

Meanwhile, the NDC says the MP is “a full citizen of Ghana who owes no allegiance whatsoever to any other country. He is a Ghanaian in law and in fact and qualifies to be a Member of Parliament according to the laws of Ghana.”