-Appiah Stadium, an NDC activist was arrested for allegedly calling President Akufo-Addo a drug addict.
-NDC General Secretary thinks the arrest is against Stadium’s right to free speech and abuse of power by the president .
General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has condemned the arrest of the party’s serial caller, Frank Kwaku Appiah, otherwise known as Appiah Stadium for allegedly insulting President Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to him, ” there is no law in Ghana that states when you insult a leader you should be arrested” hence Appiah Stadium’s arrest was illegal and uncalled for. “If President Akufo-Addo feels insulted by Appiah Stadium, he should sue him personally and not the state taking up the matter. I don’t see why Appiah Stadium should be invited or arrested over a statement he made about him”, he stressed. Appiah Stadium, a vociferous supporter of former President John Mahama and the NDC in the ruling New Patriotic Party stronghold of Ashanti Region, was reportedly arrested by the police on Tuesday.
Though no official reason has been given for the arrest, it is believed to be related to allegations he [Stadium] made sometime ago that President Akufo-Addo was a ‘drug addict’. Commenting on the arrest in an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen, the NDC General Secretary who is commonly referred to as General Mosquito stated that the arrest of Appiah Stadium was akin to the era of the Criminal Libel Law which the proudly brags that it repealed.
“We had a law [Criminal Libel] which protected our leaders from such personal attacks but Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP and ignored our warning and repealed saying free speech cannot be criminalized. So why are they arresting him [Stadium] over free?”, he quizzed. “The state should protect Appiah Stadium in order to speak freely. Nothing should stop him from speaking his mind. If the President cannot protect free speech, then he should reintroduce the Criminal Libel Law. He has a choice”, he added.