Modou S. Joof
Sansui Touray, an independent candidate contesting the seat of the Councillorship for the Tallinding Ward has told Front Page International sources that his arrest and detention “is a setup”.
He was arrest and detained by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) on Thursday, March 14, 2013, the day nominations began for mayoral and councillorship positions for the April 4 local government election.
“It is a setup against me, so that if they (NIA) arrest me I can miss the nomination day,” says Touray, who was released on March 15 after being held overnight. “But I have sensible boys and sensible brothers who collected my documents and do the nomination in my absence.”
He said no reason was forwarded for his arrest.
“They think that they have won by kidnapping me not to attend the nomination day (Friday) but they failed woefully,” an angry-looking Mr Touray said on Saturday.
He is running for the councillorship position of the Tallinding Ward against the ruling-Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) nominated incumbent candidate Banna Badjie, who he claim “is no longer popular in the area”.
A man who claims to be a diehard Touray support says he fears sabotage.
“I think this whole issue to discredit and to sabotage Mr Touray’s candidature,” said the man who wished not to be named.
Touray has unsuccessfully tried to run on an APRC ticket before deciding to go solo (independent), FPI is told.