Alhaji Haruna Atta, Chief Editor of the Accra Daily Mail has commended Counsel for NPP Chief Scribe and a youth activist of the party, Lawyer Ayikoi Otoo, for his successful feat at the Supreme Court last week.
The former Attorney General under the erstwhile Kufour administration on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 persevered to avert any sentence to be pronounced on Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also called Sir John in political circles, and Hopeson Adorye, member of the “Young Patroits” of the New Patriotic Party, who appeared before the court for charges of contempt and scandalizing the integrity of the court.
Prior to the final ruling by the nine Justices sitting on the election case, there were speculations that the two leaders will be sentenced to jail in view of the impact of their comments about the court, specifically the presiding Judge, Justice William Atuguba.
However, the legal prowess of Lawyer Ayikoi Otoo resulted in the two NPP faithfuls only being slapped with a fine of 5000 and 2000 cedis respectively and urged to sign a bond to be of good character for six or three months or otherwise be jailed for six or three months.
Speaking in an interview with Radio Gold, the Accra Daily Mail editor described Lawyer Ayikoi Otoo as “someone whose face and voice” should be at the forefront of political discourse in the country since “…he was the hero of the day because without him, these people (Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie and Hopeson Adorye) could have it worse than they did.”
He therefore advised political parties to get the right people to represent them in the public domain.