Dr Bawumia “dazzled” NDC – Sir John

General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie has showered praises on star witness in the petition filed at the Supreme Court seeking an overturn of the declaration of John Dramani Mahama as winner of the 2012 Presidential Elections.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the second petitioner and a running mate to NPP’s candidate, completed presentation of affidavit evidence on Thursday. He started on Wednesday.

“We are grateful for this young man,” said Mr Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John, after hearing on Thursday.

He claimed Dr Bawumia dazzled the legal team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the third respondents in the suit.

“He made some analysis that the NDC missed,” he added.

Sir John noted that the evidence given by Dr Bawumia should be a worry to “JD Mahama who may be watching by now”.

He observed the evidence “clearly shows Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo ought to have been declared winner of the 2012 Elections.”

Gloria Akuffo, a member of the legal team of the petitioners, addressing the media after Thursday’s hearing, also underlined the consistency of Dr Bawumia’s evidence.

“Should anybody say that he [Dr Bawumia] is backing down on evidence, I can firmly say that that is a misrepresentation.”

Hearing is scheduled to continue on Monday, April 22, 2013.



Group calls for the immediate arrest of NPP’s Sir John

Inside Ghana, a pressure group, is demanding the immediate arrest of the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, for what it describes as “a disease of impunity which is rapidly gaining roots among some of our so-called political leaders”.

Inside Ghana says the pronouncements of the NPP General Secretary, popularly known as Sir John, in the aftermath of the motor accident involving the 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, make him a principal witness in police investigations.

“Against this backdrop, Inside Ghana is of the view that Mr Afriyie must be arrested now to aid the police with their investigations,” a statement jointly signed by George Spencer Quaye, convener, Eric Akomanyi, Secretary and Alex Doe, Operations Director, read.

They alleged that the NPP General Secretary has refused to release Dr Bawumia’s vehicle to the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service for investigations “with impunity”.

“This action is criminal as it violates the Road Traffic Act; Section 124. And by towing the vehicle without the prior notice of the Police, the General Secretary we believe could have tampered with evidence to ascertain the cause of the accident,” their statement indicated.

It added: “We are emboldened in our call when Mr Afriyie, is noted to have said on an Accra based radio station that he does not have any belief in the Ghana Police Service regarding this matter and has personally ensured that the mangled car was towed away from the accident scene. This action flies in the face of the traffic laws of Ghana and Mr Afriyie an acclaimed lawyer should have known better.”

They claim Sir John’s action is only to compromise police investigations, which they added could lead to the arrest of Dr Bawumia for “dangerous driving and face a possible fine of not more than 200 penalty points or 9months imprisonment or both.”

The three, who are known faces of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) believe the arrest of Mr Afriyie will ensure sanity and discipline surrounding last Sunday’s accident on the Bole-Bamboi road.



Bawumia’s accident: Sir John winces at NDC’s umbrella spokes; Asiedu Nketia says it’s comic relief

General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie has cited the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its leadership, especially President John Dramani Mahama, in the motor accident that occurred in Bole Bamboi involving the 2012 vice presidential candidate of the Party, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

Mr Owusu Afriyie – also known as Sir John – says for the accident to happen in Bole Bamboi “of all places”, “we are calling on President John Dramani Mahama, otherwise known as John Dumso dumso Mahama to come clean,” he said at a press conference held on Monday, March 18, 2013.

He said the NDC is aware the presence of Dr Bawumia provides key witness in the Election Petition that he, together with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, filed at the Supreme Court.

“I have looked at the case. We have examined it and noted the modus operandi of the NDC and the national security and I can tell you we can feel the spokes of the umbrella in this matter,” Sir John told journalists.

“The NDC knows that if [Mahamudu] Bawumia is not there, then our case was dead and therefore, whatever it takes for them to eliminate Dr Bawumia and some key members of our legal team including some key members of our party executives, they will do so. So [Sunday’s] incident was the part of the grand scheme of the NDC to get rid of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia,” he added.

But this allegation has been sharply dismissed by Sir John’s opposite number in the NDC.

John Asiedu Nketiah said those who would seriously want to get rid of Dr Bawumia will be dissatisfied members of the NPP.

He urged Ghanaians to consider Sir John’s allegations as a comic relief.

“I think that this should be taken as a comic relief. Fortunately, nobody in this country takes the utterances of Sir John seriously again,” he said.

“Why should we be interested in the assassination of [Mahamudu] Bawumia. Those who should be interested in killing Bawumia must be those who are dissatisfied. They have served NPP. It has come to their turn to ascend to the presidency and that somebody is being foisted [on them]; somebody who has not been an NPP member for [even] a period of five years would just come forward to be their flagbearer,” Mr Asiedu Nkwetiah argued.


He noted the allegations smack of desperation on the part of NPP.

“It is coming out of desperation. It is coming out of a party that has no credible leadership and so anybody can just get up and say anything in the name of the party and just walk away with it,” he stated.

He, however, asked the “leadership” of NPP to bring to order some of these “characters”.

“I think time has come that the leadership of NPP, if there is any remaining, will call such characters to order,” he admonished.

Dr Bawumia was on Sunday involved in a motor accident on the Bole road on his way to Kumasi. He was travelling with Kwabena Boadu, his press aide, Tanko, his bodyguard and Emmanuel, his driver. All escaped unscathed.