The Tema Traditional Council (TTC) has reportedly suspended a fisherman who campaigned openly for John Dramani Mahama, flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The suspended fishermen, Nii Adjierteh Mator III, the chief fisherman of Ashaiman, allegedly told residents to vote for Mahama, and the, NDC parliamentary candidate for Tema East, Isaac Ashai Odamtten, during a mini-rally held at Tema Newtown
The spokesman for the Tema TTC, Nii Amarh Somponu II said the embattled Nii Mator’s behaviour was against the laws of the country and their resolve for all traditional leaders to stay away from politics and refrain from openly supporting any candidate.
It is however unclear if chief fishermen, like regular traditional leaders can be barred from expressing their political preference.
But the TTC insists that the act was an embarrassment and a breach of laws barring chiefs from being active political loyalists. “…His action is an embarrassment and betrayal to the Council. He is therefore suspended from all traditional activities until further notice.”
The predicament of the suspended fisherman worsens as has been ostracised from meetings of the TTC until further notice.
Nii Mator has since reportedly apologised for his political zealousness and hopes he would be accepted back into the fold of the TTC.