The Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) has launched a counter-petition urging President John Dramani Mahama not to grant the three jailed Montie FM contemnors a presidential pardon.
The incarcerated trio, host Salifu Maase and his panelists Godwin Ako Gunn and Alistair Nelson were last week handed a four-month sentence for contempt of the Supreme Court.
The call for their sentence to be set aside has gained grounds with government appointees and other supporters signing a petition urging the President to pardon them.
However, the PPP has started a counter campaign which features the collection of signatures. A social media campaign is also underway to keep the offenders behind bars.
“Our petition is anti the petition to free the ‘Montie 3’ as we have come to know them”, Director of Policy of the party, Kofi Asamoah Siaw said in an interview with Accra based radio station, Joy FM.
Mr Siaw believes it will be a wrong move for the President to respond positively to the petition, adding that the party has collected 147 signatures from Winneba in Central Region already.
He said they started with constituency executives of the PPP and hope to collect considerable numbers to pressure the President to stay away from exercising his Article 72 powers.
The PPP wants their petition to reinforce the Supreme Court’s decision to jail the trio for threatening to kill Supreme Court judges.
“We need to uphold the integrity of the judiciary…we need to ensure that we use decent language in our politics”.
A member of the PPP’s social media campaign, Kathleen Addy urged Ghanaians to support the counter petition by writing messages on social media with the hashtag, #westandwithchiefjustice and #theythreateneddeathandrape.