Kofi Adams

An Accra Fast Track High Court presided over by Justice S.K. Asiedu yesterday made an order for the suspended Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kofi Adams, to try and settle whatever problem he has with the party.

This was after the trial judge was to give a summary judgment in a legal rumpus between Mr. Adams, spokesperson for former President Jerry John Rawlings, and the NDC over its decision to relieve him of his position without due process.

The trial judge stated that he would “make an order” for both parties to have the matter settled amicably and went ahead to order them to settle the case.

The case has consequently been adjourned to June 13.

Kofi Adams was there with his lawyer, Stanley Ahorlu, while Stanley Cudjoe was counsel for the NDC.

A certain Tanko Sikidu represented the NDC. Mr. Adams is contesting his suspension and the court to declare it null and void.
The applicant was suspended after the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NDC said a male voice on an audio recording believed to be his was heard allegedly saying he was planning to ensure that President Atta Mills lose the 2012 elections.

The voice was alleged to have said, “Atta Mills is not a person going to be president of this country after he finishes with first term. Whatever it takes for him to go to opposition we’ll do it.”
Adam denied the voice was his and took the issue to court seeking a declaration from the court that his suspension from the “defendant’s party (NDC) is a penal measure imposed by the defendant without due process and contrary to the rules of natural justice” among others.
In addition, he is also seeking a declaration that “the suspension was void, inoperative and of no effect” and general damages as well as costs.
NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia had said after the NEC meeting that his deputy, suspended Kofi Adams’s membership of the party, had been revoked and that he was a free agent who could look for a new party to join.
When the issue broke, Mr Adams told DAILY GUIDE, “I have listened to the so-called tape that they are playing and I cannot hear anywhere that I’ve had a pact with anybody; assuming that was supposed to be my voice”.
“But I can tell you that I know my voice very well and that the person who did that job did not do a good job because he was not able to mimic my voice very well,” he stated.
He admitted to speaking to Gabby Otchere-Darko, a key and influential member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), on several issues but not on the betrayal of the NDC.
“How can I put a call to somebody and be speaking as if I am in a bunker or rat hole; as if he was under siege?” he wondered,  saying it did not make sense to him.
On his part, Gabby Otchere-Darko, who expressed utter dismay, did admit having several conversations with Kofi Adams over the Sunyani congress.
He however noted, “But I don’t recall anything in the conversations about election 2012 or Kofi Adams saying he would do anything to send Mills into opposition.”
Gabby said, “I’ve dealt with Kofi Adams on several occasions and he has always shown loyalty to the NDC. That voice doesn’t sound like Kofi Adams’s.”

By Fidelia Achama

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