An Executive Member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Tema East, says a lax attitude that former Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tema, Isaac Ashai Odamtten, is sporting in the wake of corruption allegations against him could be his undoing.
In a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Mr Stephen Ashitey Adjei, alias Moshake, called on the former Mayor who has been proposed as a Running Mate for former President John Mahama in 2020 to rise up to the occasion and cure the mischief before it was too late.
“I want him to learn from the bitter experience of his own predecessor at the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, Mr Kempes Ofosuware.”
In 2008, Government hounded Kempes in court on the basis of false allegations and nearly jailed him.“It had to take the best efforts of Kempes and his legal team to disentangle him from that witch hunt,” Moshake warned.
Even though Kempes at the end of the day won the case, he added, the harrowing legal battle cost him a lot in terms of time, political mileage and image.
Moshake’s concern is over a silent attitude that Mr Odamtten assumed in spite of recent allegations of corruption during his tenure that many were seeing as an attempt by political opponents to cripple him from contesting in 2020.
According to the allegation, when Mr Odamtten was Mayor, he superintended over the theft of GHC5.6million revenue belonging to the TMA.
Stories claimed that a private revenue collector diverted 30 percent of the assembly’s revenue into a private account at the now defunct First Capital Plus Bank.
The private company, CTK GEOSys Ltd in a supposed letter to TMA, dated February 18, 2015 and signed by Captain Tei Azu, Chief Executive Officer of the company, allegedly stated that “we have agreed with our bank (First Capital Plus Bank) to open a receivable only account under the name GEOSYS/TMA.”
The timing of the story was such that it emerged in the wake of rumours that Mr Odamtten would run for MP on the NDC’s Parliamentary ticket for either Ekumfi constituency, Tema West, Tema East or Tema Central in 2020.
Through it all, Mr Odamtten, who is currently in the United States has kept quiet and not reacted. “But he needs to react, he needs to come down and clear his name, because the game of giving a dog a bad name and hanging it is one that the politicians know how to play well.”
He called on Mr Odamtten to take a cue from what happened to Kempes and rush down to defend himself, “rather than wait till the 11th hour and give them opportunity to frustrate your campaign.”
Mr Odamtten has been called upon by many to run for MP in Ekumfi, Tema West, Tema East and Tema Central.
A group in the Volta Region also proposed him as Running Mate for former President John Mahama in 2020.