Leave Afari Gyan alone – Brother tells Ghanaians

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The family of the Chairman of the Electoral Commission has jumped to the defence of their brother, Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, who together with his office, have been sued over the outcome of the recently organised presidential and parliamentary elections.

Dr Afari Gyan is the second defendant to a petition challenging the results of the 2012 presidential elections by 2012 flag bearer of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, his running mate; Dr Mamudu Bawumiah and Chairman for the NPP, Mr Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey.

The petitioners claim the elections were rigged to favour the NDC’s candidate, John Mahama.

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The plaintiffs have petitioned the Supreme Court to invalidate the results declared by the EC which saw John Mahama emerge winner and was subsequently sworn into office as the fourth President of the Fourth Republic.

But the elder brother of Dr Afari Gyan, Mr Martin Kwasi Addae, popularly known as “Kwasi Kone” said the family was not happy at the turn of events “because Afari Gyan can never do what he has been accused of doing”.

Speaking in an interview with Adom FM’s Kofi Adoma Nwanwani at Ayimom, near Berekum Jinijini in the Brong Ahafo Region, where Dr. Afari Gyan hails from, Mr Addai said, “We are not happy at all because I know my junior brother as honest and incorruptible; he has been so truthful to the country that it is painful that this is how Ghanaians decide to reward him as he retires”.

“I am a sad man because people are calling my brother a thief and in fact I am sad; please tell Ghanaians to leave my brother alone,” he said.

The Adontenhene of the Anyimom Traditional Area, Nana Amankwa Bene, added his voice to the statement by Mr Addai, saying “the courts will prove the petitioners wrong”.