- An NDC party activist is in police custody to assist in investigation on a plot to kill a parliamentary aspirant
- Starr News reported that the alleged assassin said he was promised a Gh¢ 20,000 and a car if he succeeded in killing Isaac Adongo, who is the party’s parliamentary candidate for Bolgatanga Central
- The NDC regional secretary, Abdallah Salifu described the complainant as a “creative liar” whose trade-in-stock was duping and blackmailing public figures
- Adongo, when contacted on the issue, would only call on all and sundry to refrain from speaking much about it once the matter was with the police
- The sitting MP when contacted, also expressed shock at the development and said that was the last thing he would do
A Starr News report monitored indicate that the Upper East Regional Police Command currently have in their grips a National Democratic Congress (NDC) party activist for interrogation over an alleged plot to have the party’s parliamentary candidate for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo, assassinated.
The suspect whose identity is being withheld for security reasons is said to be one of the campaign coordinators engaged by the current Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga Central, Emmanuel Akolbire Opam-Brown.
Mr Opam-Brown failed in his bid for a third term in office at the last primaries of the NDC, after he was beaten to the party’s ticket.
The suspect was arrested after a middle-aged man filed an assault case against him. He also told the police that the suspect had promised to reward him with Gh¢ 20,000 and a car if he succeeded in killing Isaac Adongo, who is the party’s parliamentary candidate for Bolgatanga Central.
The Upper East Regional Police Commander, DCOP Simon Afeku told Starr News that his outfit was investigating the allegation.
“The fact that the complaint has been made does not make it true. It needs some further investigations, which we are carrying out. We are not downplaying the allegation. We just have to be firm and investigate it very thoroughly and come out with the truth and deal firmly with it. That is precisely what we are doing,” DCOP Afeku said.
Meanwhile, the Bolgatanga Central Constituency Secretary of the NDC, Abdallah Salifu, who spoke to Starr News, described the complainant as a “creative liar” whose trade-in-stock was duping and blackmailing public figures ostensibly to make money out of it.
He named instances where he allegedly duped Ghana’s former Ambassador to Mali, Donald Adabere, when he was the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister. Other public figures like, Simon Atebiya, who was once a parliamentary candidate, and one Boston all had in one way or the other fallen prey to his ploy, and in such circumstances he dented their hard earned reputation.
“This is a gentleman that everybody must be careful of. He has a long history of criminal activities. This is not going to be the end of the story. In fact, he must prove beyond reasonable doubt because what he alleged can cause a serious internal problem,” Salifu said.
According to Starr News, when Adongo, the target of the alleged assassination conspiracy, was contacted on the issue, he could only say that once the matter was with the police, there was the need for all and sundry to refrain from speaking much about it.
Mr Adongo also said for the unity in his party, it behoved on all to be circumspect when discussing the issue so as not to undermine the efforts being made by the party’s national hierarchy to amicably settle the differences within the party at the regional level.
The sitting MP, who was supposed to be the ultimate beneficiary of the assassination plot when contacted, also expressed shock at the development. He said: “I have nothing against anybody. That is the last thing I would do. I didn’t touch anybody before I became an MP. And I will not touch anybody to get power.”
The allegation of the assassination scheme comes barely some few days ago, when Ghanaians are still under the wave of shock that greeted the cold-blooded murder of the MP for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Another assassination attempt on the NPP parliamentary candidate for Cape Coast North, Barbara Asher Ayisi, was also reported over the weekend.