The Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Brogya Genfi, has commended Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for condemning the arrest of Appiah Stadium, an activist of the NDC.
Appiah Stadium was arrested on Tuesday, 26 September by the Ashanti Regional Police command to substantiate a wee-smoking allegation he levelled against Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
ASP Juliana Obeng, the Police PRO in the region, said Appiah Stadium was arrested on Tuesday following orders from the national headquarters of the police in Accra.
Commenting on the development on his Facebook page on Tuesday, 26 September, Mr Otchere-Darko said: “These things shouldn’t happen. I can see the president being extremely unhappy about any citizen being arrested for allegedly insulting him. It goes against all that he stands for. I may not be privy to the details but I know whatever the justification the President will not like this one bit. He could have been invited without the handcuffs. Very unnecessary; uncool.”
Reacting to Gabby’s comments in an interview with Valentina Ofori-Afriyie on Class91.3FM’s 505 news programme on Tuesday, Mr Genfi said: “That is very welcoming. My attention has been drawn to this statement by Gabby. If Gabby can express his disappointment yet we don’t find the whereabouts of Appiah Stadium that is worrying.”
Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo has asked the police to drop the case involving the NDC serial caller.
A statement from the president’s spokesperson Mustapha Hamid said: “The President’s attention has been drawn to the arrest of one Mr. Frank Kwaku Appiah, popularly called Appiah Stadium for spreading lies about him (the President).
“H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo wishes to state that he is not interested in pursuing the matter since same was ruled upon by the National Media Commission (NMC) on February 6, 2015. This followed series of publications in pro NDC newspapers making similar claims.
“Lawyers for then-Candidate Akufo-Addo took these papers namely The Al-Hajj, Enquirer. Informer, Ghanaian Lens and the Daily Post to the NMC to afford them the opportunity to substantiate their claims. They failed to do so, following which the NMC asked them to retract and apologise. The President is therefore, convinced that right thinking Ghanaians recognise that Appiah Stadium is merely reciting from an NDC propaganda book, which has since been discredited.
“The President has informed the Police administration that he is not interested in the matter and has asked them to be accordingly advised,” the statement said.