NPP To Decide ‘Sir John’s’ Fate This Week

John-Agyekum-KufuorFormer President John Agyekum Kufuor yesterday disclosed that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the New Patriotic Party, will meet this week, to consider whether or no to punish the Party’s General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as ‘Sir John’.

Mr. J. A. Kufuor, a member of the NPP’s NEC, condemned the behaviour of ‘Sir John’, describing the punishment handed him by the Supreme Court as appropriate.

The Party’s Steering Committee would set a date for the NEC meeting on Monday, August 19, 2013.

Some senior Party members, including Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, have called on ‘Sir John’ to resign his post as General Secretary of the NPP, for bringing embarrassment onto the party.

This was after ‘Sir John’ was, last week, convicted of intentional criminal contempt and sentenced to a GH¢5,000 fine by the nine-member panel of justices at the Supreme Court adjudicating the 2012 presidential election petition.

He was also ordered to sign a bond of good behaviour for six months or serve a jail term of six months in default.

According to Mr. J. A. Kufuor, the NEC would deliberate on the conduct of ‘Sir John’ and based on the views of the majority, decide on whether to let him step down or keep his position as the General Secretary.

He added that ‘Sir John’ deserved to be reprimanded for making unguarded comments relating to the presidential election petition.

Meanwhile, the former President has asked the judges of the Court to show objectivity, as they prepare to give judgment on August 29, to further deepen democracy in Ghana.

The Court, presided over by Justice William Atuguba, set August 29 as the day of judgment, after hearing eight months of legal battle by counsel for the petitioners and President Mahama, the Electoral Commission as well as the governing National Democratic Congress, the first, second and third respondents, respectively.

The New Patriotic Party flag-bearer in the 2012 election, Nana Akufo-Addo, his running-mate, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia and Party Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, petitioned the Supreme Court over the Electoral Commission’s declaration of John Mahama, winner of the presidential election.

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