Paul Afoko Jumps To Sir John’s Defence

A leading member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has discounted grapevine reports that the party’s General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, would be ousted from his position following his baptism of fire at the Supreme Court last week.

Paul Afoko, speaking on Radio Gold, expressed his disagreement with some members of the party who have proposed for the resignation of the NPP Chief Scribe.

According to him, Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, known in political circles as Sir John, deserves the benefit of the doubt and so, advised the party leadership and members not to jump their gun by expelling him from his post.

To him, Sir John should rather make amends with the party and believed he will turn a new leaf by virtue of him being arraigned before the highest court of the land and taken through several rounds of queries by the nine-member panel sitting on the pending election case.

“From now on, whatever he does will be to enhance the image of the party…I will not call for his resignation…I leave that decision to him and to the party,” Paul Afoko said.

He also blamed both the NPP and the ruling National Democratic Congress for the court ruling against Sir John, saying the two major political parties “succeeded in pushing each other…in trying to outdo each other in terms of who can throw most lines and that has culminated into unfortunate position of having our General Secretary put in the dock.”

Meanwhile, there are reports in the media that Mr. Paul Afoko, “(former President) Kufour loyalist, is being prepared for the position of General Secretary to take over from Sir John who many believe has turned the party into a laughing stock”, as published in the Monday edition of the Daily Post newspaper.