- Tsatsu Tsikata believes Freddie Blay went wrong in buying buses ahead of the NPP congress
- The lawyer believes a criminal investigation into the matter is needed
- Freddie Blay was elected national chair of the NPP in a congress many say was influenced by money
Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata has supported calls for a full-blown criminal investigation into Freddy Blay's bus-buying controversy.
Tsatsu Tsikata made the case that the calls for a probe are legitimate especially when it matters on vote buying and influencing an election which, per the Constitution, is illegal.
In an interview with Joy News, the renowned lawyer revealed that these concerns over Freddie Blay "are serious matters of criminality, so those matters would have to be investigated and they would have to be investigated in terms of the normal criminal investigations”.
Touching on vote-buying, Tsatsu Tsikata argued that "vote-buying involves using monetary inducements in connection with a forthcoming election, so there was an election process in view, that’s evidence he procured these buses for constituencies and for people who will be involved in the voting process, that’s also a fact”.
Freddie Blay started his political career as a staunch member of the Convention People's Party (CPP).
He had issues with party members of the CPP when he was heard contesting for president Akufo-Addo who was then a presidential candidate in the 2008 elections.
After resigning from the CPP, he joined the NPP where he was first nominated the acting national chairman of the party and now elected officially.
"We are all coming together. We will inspire each other for the elections of 2020. The future of the party is very bright and we are very prepared for the election 2020," Freddie Blay revealed to the media just after his election.
The lead up to the national congress was accompanied by some controversies regarding vote buying. Freddie Blay was criticized for flexing his financial muscle by first buying 275 buses for all constituencies and also allegedly sharing wads of cedis with a picture of him embossed on them.
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