“Disgraced” Sir John Must Resign Now

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Nyaho-Tamakloe Demands Hours After Bitter Ayikoi Otoo Used His Friendship Strategy To Save Illegal Galamsey Politicians as PC Appiah-Ofori Cries Over ¢70 Million After outsmarting Kennedy Agyepong

A founding-member of the New Patriotic Party, (NPP), Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, has called on the convicted General Secretary of his party to resign from the position having disgraced the NPP.

The call for Mr. Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie alias “Sir John’s” resignation comes hours after ex-Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Nii Ayikoi-Otoo, used his friendship with some of the nine Supreme Court justices as a rescue “strategy” to parry a jail sentence, for a GH¢5,000 fine, a six month “bond of good behaviour” and an apology for insulting the most powerful court.

“As far as Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie is concerned, and what happened in court yesterday when he was totally humiliated by his own speech [is concerned], I think the most honourable thing for him to do now is to resign as the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party. Believe me that will save him and save the party”, Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe said.

The NPP strongman made the call in separate interviews on two Accra-based radio stations, yesterday.

Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe on XYZ Breakfast Show, told host Moro Awudu, that the “humiliation” suffered by Mr. Owusu-Afriyie, makes him unfit to continue to be the NPP General Secretary.

The ex-Ambassador believed that Sir John, who nurses the ambition to retain the position, must resign honourably.

Speaking to Citi News on the same matter, Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe said, his General Secretary should not be told to resign, the humiliation alone should be enough for him to resign honourably.

“The level he was brought to is enough to make him resign,” he stated, adding “in any civilised country if a General Secretary is brought down to that level, nobody should advise him to resign.”

He said, if it was not for his lawyer, Lawyer Ayikoi-Otoo, Sir John would have been jailed, but that notwithstanding, he was charged and convicted for his remarks adding, nobody should engage in irresponsible acts in the name of the NPP party.

Mr. Owusu-Afriyie, who is a lawyer and fellow party communicator, Hopeson Adorye, were dragged before the Supreme Court for criminal contempt in connection with the election petition trial.

Mr. Owusu-Afriyie, according to the summons, made unsavoury comments against the President of the nine-member panel of Justices, Mr. William Atuguba calling him voodoo deity, joker etc.

Mr. Adorye, on the other hand, was summoned for threatening to behead supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) if the Supreme Court justices ruled in their favour.

The two politicians, were scolded by the Bench on Wednesday and also found guilty of criminal contempt. They were, however, spared custodial sentences, but fined GH¢5,000 and GH¢2,000 respectively.

Sir John confessed to the Court that he felt “humbled by the baptism of fire” after the scolding.

Meanwhile, Nii Ayikoi Otoo and Mr. P.C Appiah-Ofori, have expressed unhappiness over the lack of ingratitude shown them by the NPP after the court session for the various roles they played in having the two members freed.

Nii Ayikoi Otoo, who has since revealed his rescue strategy which saved the two contemnors, as apology, mitigation and leveraging on his standing as a senior lawyer, is not a happy man and is out chiding his party, for sidelining him when the NPP had a party, after the Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday.

He said on Joy News, he had no idea Sir John had decided to address a gathering of party supporters at the NPP headquarters after he escaped jail on Wednesday.

Mr. Ayikoi-Otoo, who is also the chairman of the NPP Constitutional Committee said, the party failed to consult him in taking key legal decisions, including the drafting of a guideline for party communicators on how to avoid contempt.

“…Nobody told me that there was a reception anywhere and we should go. They went and they were doing their own thing”, he said.

“Some people think they are more NPP than some of us so they take decisions without consulting,” Nii Ayikoi Otoo.

“If I were advising him [Sir John] what I will tell him is that he should go back [to the same platform], “he stated, “If [Sir John] goes back to get the hawks surrounding him and tell him what he should do, I may not be there”.

He said, the NPP General Secretary, must formally retract and apologize for his conduct using the same platform he employed earlier.

Mr. P.C Appiah Ofori, the man who volunteered and paid the GH¢7,000 fine imposed on the two, is also lamenting that neither the party nor the contemnors showed appreciation for his benevolent gesture.

The ex-NPP Parliamentarian for Asikuma-Odobeng-Brakwa Constituency of the Central Region said, no one has called to thank him for paying the money, shortly after the ruling was pronounced on the two party officers Wednesday.

The former legislator, speaking to Joy News’ Jefferson Sackey, a day after he willingly paid the fine on behalf of the convicts, said: “Nobody, nobody from the party has called” to express appreciation.

“I am not supposed to have word with them, they have to have word with me, by calling me to thank me, but they have not done so either,” the anti-corruption crusader stated.

He, however, stated that his main objective for paying the fine was to prevent the convicts from being “thrown into prison” and not to demand appreciation in return.

“Whether they have done so [expressed gratitude] or not, this is not what I was looking for. My main mission for doing that was to ensure that the two of them were not thrown into prison and this by the grace of God I have achieved,” he said.

The outspoken former MP, also chided the party executives for failing to publicly condemn the utterances which occasioned the bringing of contempt charges against the two.

The Herald is told Kennedy Agyepong, wanted to pay the fine for Sir John, but he declined and rather opted for Mr. Appiah-Ofori. Sir John, is said to have stopped Kennedy Agyepong’s offer to pay the court fine because he did not want to be insulted later by him.

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