The embattled General Secretary of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwadwo Owusu Afriye, otherwise known as Sir John has advised supporters of the party to allow the law to take its course regarding his summoning for contempt by the Supreme Court.
Sir John said in a press statement that: “As true believers of rule of law and democracy, I urge all to allow the process of the law to take its normal course”.
He also urged supporters to not be rowdy, but rather “remain calm and not to do anything untoward to disturb the peace of the Nation”.
“I further urge that all our communicators should be circumspect and respectful in their comments and to observe the guidelines issued by the party to guide communications on the petition,” Sir John cautioned.
The NPP scribe is appearing before the Supreme Court on Wednesday in connection with certain contemptuous comments he made against the President of the nine-member panel of Justices hearing the election petition case.
He is appearing with another party communicator, Hopeson Adorye, who is alleged to have threatened to decapitate supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress should the court rule in President John Mahama’s favour.
Ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, several groups within the NPP have organised events and activities to show solidarity with the General Secretary, especially, as well as Mr. Adorye.
Sir John says he appreciates the “massive show of support from the rank and file of the Great New Patriotic Party across the length and breadth of the country ever since news of my summons to the Supreme Court was published”.
He, however, says the solidarity should not be stretched beyond acceptable limits. “I also plead with all supporters without accreditation to stay off the court’s premises to avoid unnecessary confrontations with the security agencies”.