Last Friday?s Supreme Court summons to New Patriotic Party (NPP) General Secretary Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie to appear before it has generated apprehension and anxiety among politicians.
While some are scratching their heads about how to get the highest court to rescind its decision to deal with the NPP scribe for the alleged uncomplimentary remarks he passed about the judges adjudicating in the election petition hearing, others are just whining about how much the action can add to the already tensed political atmosphere.
Sir John and a member of the NPP Communication team, Hopeson Adorye are to appear before the justices of the Supreme Court on Wednesday August 14, 2013, to defend comments they made which were considered scandalous and designed to lower the court?s ?authority and credibility in the eyes of the general public?.
Since the official summons letter was issued on Friday, the NPP scribe who just returned from a trip to the United States has been mum, tersely indicating on Friday that he had not been served.
The summons quoted copiously from a publication of pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) newspaper, The Enquirer issue of Friday July 5, 2013 with a headline: ?Sir John Descends on Justice Atuguba?Calls him a hypocrite, A joker who pampers Tsikata, Scolds Addison.?
According to the summons, The Enquirer claimed that Sir John made the comments on Oman FM on June 24, 2013 and spoke in Twi, adding that the NPP scribe per The Enquirer publication had described Justice Atuguba ?as a hypocritical joker who pampers the counsel for the National Democratic Congress, Tsatsu Tsikata, but habitually scolds the counsel for the NPP,? and that the judge habitually ?frowned like a voodoo deity?.
The summons further quoted The Enquirer as saying that Sir John had said ?Justice Atuguba by his action, was up to hypocritical antics that is intended to lead NPP not to getting the opportunity to play a tape recording of Electoral Commissioner, Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan?s voice declaring that ?No verification, no vote?, so that the President can win the case.?
The court therefore asked Sir John to come and ?show cause why you should not be committed to prison for contempt of this court, thereby scandalizing the court, lowering the authority and credibility of this court in the eyes of the general public, and exciting hatred and ill-will towards 1st and 2nd respondent herein.?
By AR Gomda