General News of Friday, 17 June 2016
Suspended National Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party(NPP) Paul Afoko says he’s surprised his comrade Kwabena Agyapong abandoned him in court as prosecution witness in his case with the party.
Afoko says although there were signs written on the wall before hand that Agyepong was likely to pull out, the embattled chairman said he was expecting that the former with time would have considered to stay on as witness.
Mr. Agyepong was on Thursday expected to mount the witness box but failed to appear as anticipated.
Lawyers of Mr. Afoko told the court that the witness disclosed that he was no longer available for the purpose forcing his statement to be struck out and the presentation of Mr. Afoko’s witnesses closed.
In a reaction to the development in court yesterday, Spokesperson for Afoko, Nana Yaw Osei intimated on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM Friday that Afoko realized that there were indications of his colleague pulling out and that he knew it before yesterday.
“Mr. Agyepong offered to stand as a key witness on his own volition; nobody forced him to do that and so the question is what has motivated his decision to withdraw from the case now. This is where we begin to wonder and we say we’re surprised with his late actions,” Osei told host Fiifi Banson.
But Osei said Mr. Agyepong’s decision will not vary the legal course thus Mr. Afoko will pursue the case to the latter.
The NPP will be calling their witnesses beginning from June 24, 2016.