The National Democratic Congress in the Volta region has indicated unalloyed support for the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.
The North Tongu MP is expected to appear in court on 21st February 2023 in a contempt case brought against him for “kicking” court documents a bailiff supposedly served on him in relation to his anti-corruption crusade against Rev. Victor Kusi-Boateng, a trustee and Secretary on the board for the National Cathedral project.
Mr. Ablakwa in the last few months has consistently published documents and filed same at CHRAJ to cause investigations into some dubious dealings and improprieties Rev. Kusi-Boateng is allegedly engaged in as far as the cathedral project is concerned.
Consequentially, Rev. Kusi-Boateng secured an interlocutory injunction at an Accra High Court to restrain the vociferous lawmaker from making any further publications about him and also sued him for defamation.
This move, according to the NDC in the Volta region is an attempt to gag and cow Mr. Ablakwa into docility a move they believe has the tacit approval of government machinery.
The party in a statement signed by its Volta Regional Communication Officer, Kafui Sorkpa Agbleze has indicated its fullest support for the North Tongu MP.
“The NDC in the Volta region would want to once again inform President Nana Addo’s government that the party is strongly and fully behind Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa, and will at any time mass up at the courts in support of their hard-working MP for North Tongu should he be unjustifiable handled,” the statement read.
The party has also cautioned government and President Akufo-Addo to be mindful of how they handle the legislator.
“We intensely call on this government not to embarrass this nation further by doing anything untoward to Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa,” while noting further that any such move would lead to a “furious spark of reactions” and could cause the ordinary Ghanaians with a “burning desire to vent their anger.”
The party thus urged members across the country to make themselves available in court on 21st February 2023 in solidarity with the lawmaker.
The NDC claims this is a call against government’s “insatiable taste for persecuting opponents, whistle-blowers, critics and citizens who justly demand accountability, transparency and responsibility” from those entrusted with the power to manage the country’s resources.