I did not make comments attributed to me--Okudzeto

February 21, 2017
Source: thebftonline.com/Ghana
I did not make comments attributed to me--Okudzeto

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has denied assertions linked to him that Minority Members of Parliament (MPs) cooked up bribery allegations against the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs to score political points.

Okudzeto maintained that he never made any such comment as claimed by the First Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the Appointments Committee Joe Osei Owusu when he first testified before the Committee investigating the matter.

Joe Osei Owusu was implicated in the bribery saga by Mahama Ayariga who claimed GHC3,000 each was channelled through him to be given to some opposition MPs on the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

According to the First Deputy Speaker, at a private meeting with the Speaker of Parliament and some MPs, he angrily demanded the claim be thoroughly discussed.

But to his relief, Okudzeto said at that meeting, the entire claim is to pay back the NPP government for characterising the Mahama-led NDC government as corrupt.

The tensed room then erupted into laughter. This is the testimony Joe Osei Owusu gave.

However, Okudzeto described Joe Osei Owusu's testimony as a 'desperate fabrication'.

Ablakwa told the Special Commitee investigating the alleged bribery incident that  he wrote to the Special Bribery Investigating Committee to serve as a witness because of his desire to state his side of the story.