A staunch member of the NPP and a lawyer by profession, Gabby Otchere- Darko, has advised the media not to bar both General Secretaries for the two major political parties from speaking after any court proceedings.
According to him, it would be unjust for the media to sideline the two gentlemen from airing their personal views though they have been accused of spewing lies by some section of the public.
A directive which was issued by the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) urged media houses not to grant Johnson Asiedu Nketia and Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie platforms to interpret events that transpired at the Supreme Court because both General Secretaries had adopted styles of twisting whatever they saw or heard.
The debate leaped on and advanced to a stage where both General Secretaries for the NPP and NDC respectively came out to address the issue.
On the part of Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie who is the General Secretary of the NPP, he slammed suggestions from the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and renowned lawyer Sam Okudzeto that he and his colleague secretary from the ruling NDC party should cease from commenting after any court proceedings.
He argued on Peace FM’s evening news that he was a lawyer by profession and had the right to educate the general public about events that transpire at the Supreme Court via the media.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia also believes that his comments weren’t prejudicial and he could be held liable before the court for twisting facts.
He claimed also on Peace FM that he is well versed with the matter and knew what to say to avoid facing the ugly side of the law.
He was quick to state during the interview that his counterpart on the other side should be held responsible for any lie that comes out because he knows nothing about the proceedings.
But speaking on Joy FM’s flagship News File, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko observed that it was only appropriate to allow the two General Secretary offer their views since the general public would assess their credibility.
Though he advocated for the media right of the two secretaries, he took a slight swipe at Asiedu Nketia who is known as General Mosquito, when he suggested that the live coverage would bring a halt to the deliberate lies which were once upon a time told by the NDC’s scribe.
Gabby advised viewers and listeners to do their possible best to relate aftermath interviews solicited from both General Secretaries to the live broadcast and expose the person who is out for mischief.