Sir John: I Won’t Disobey The Supreme Court

The General Secretary of the main opposition New Patriotic Party, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as ‘Sir John’ has told XYZ News, he will readily make himself available to the Supreme Court if summoned to appear today, Monday July 15, 2013 to answer to some alleged contemptuous comments he made. Sir John says: “…If their Lordships invite you to appear, to refuse to appear will itself amount to contempt and you will be arrested for not taking that summons with all seriousness, so if their Lordships decide that I should be hauled before them for contempt, why not…there’s no way that I’m going to defy their Lordships if and when they decide to call me”. The nine–member panel of justices hearing the election petition case mentioned ‘Sir John’ as one of two people wanted by the Court for passing contemptuous remarks about the hearing. The other person has been identified as Hopeson Adoryeh, a member of the NPP’s Communication team who was reported to have threatened to decapitate supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress if the Supreme Court gave President John Mahama’s election victory a clean bill of health. Mr. Adoryeh admitted in an earlier interview with XYZ Breakfast show a day after the Supreme Court hinted of inviting him, that he indeed made the threat but explained that it was in response to a provocation by a member of the NDC’s communication team, Mr. Gabby Asumeng. There have been media speculations that Mr. Owusu Afriyie, will be summoned to appear before the Court today but he told XYZ News on Friday that: “As far as I do know, I have not been summoned yet by the Supreme Court; if they will do so let us wait till we get there”.