Scores of National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) supporters on the early hours of Tuesday, December 1, 2020, went on a massive demonstration in Tema Newtown against the arrest and detention of the Party’s Tema East parliamentary candidate, Isaac Ashai Odamtten.
The Ghana News Agency gathered that Mr Odamtten was on Monday, November 30, arraigned before a Financial Court in Tema where he was granted bail for alleged financial malfeasance when he was the Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly.
He was however unable to meet the bail the conditions, leading to his detention in police cells.
The supporters, who were infuriated about the development, also blamed the incumbent MP and candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Daniel Titus-Glover for instigating Mr Odamtten’s arrest through utterances on political platforms.
According to the supporters, the incumbent MP had on many platforms alleged that the former Mayor, Mr Odamtten misappropriated funds and signed shady deals as Tema MCE and therefore called for his arrest.
They went on a rampage and destroyed NPP billboards and party properties.
Emmanuel Ashitey, a supporter said, “Why arrest our parliamentary candidate on the eve of Special Voting, we won’t agree to this dirty politics. We are here demanding a release of our candidate”.
Kofi Anyako, Tema East constituency executive member of the NDC, said it was disheartening to note that a group of people were desperate for power and therefore using every means to win.
He said they were for peace but would resist any attempts by anyone to prevent the will of the people from manifesting as according to him, the youth had now decided to go for the NDC parliamentary candidate.