Former Communications Minister Omane Boamah has described as lies, an explanation offered by an NDC flagbearer aspirant who has been heavily criticized for ‘attacking persons with disabilities’.
At a press conference to explain his initial comments, described mostly as controversial, Alban Bagbin said he only criticised John Mahama for putting intelligent people in wrong ministerial portfolios.
He stated Dr. Seidu Danaa who is visually impaired headed the Chieftancy ministry which traditional rulers found disturbing.
The Nadowli-Kaleo MP also stated that it was wrong for an NDC MP, Okudzeto Ablakwa whose university results were withheld for sometime to be appointed deputy Education minister much to the chagrin of school heads.
Despite the intelligence of Dr. Omane Boamah, the flagbearer aspirant said Communications Ministry was not the best of portfolios for an intelligent stammerer.
Ghana’s longest-serving MP apologised for the indiscretion but stood by his comments saying it was not an attack on such persons but rather criticism of the wisdom exercised by the former President Mahama.
Photo: John Mahama and Alban Bagbin
But in a tweet moments after the press conference, Omane Boamah said Bagbin is only trying to lie his way out of a mistake.
Omane Boamah, a protege of former President Mahama has also challenged the two-time Majority leader and long-serving Minority leader in Parliament to a public debate.
Alban Bagin who has been in Parliament since 1993 has not responded to the offer. But he has expressed delight at the response of NDC members in the Volta region when he visited and made the initial controversial comments.
Bagbin has been upbeat about his chances of leading the NDC into the 2020 general elections but faces John Mahama who is seeking a return to lead the NDC.
The veteran politician has not shyed away from taking on his former boss and has called him a “reckless driver” who drove the party into defeat in 2016.
The NDC suffered the worst defeat since its inception in July 1992.
After winning the 2012 general elections with 50.7% in 2012, President Mahama lost the 2016 elections with 44.4% lower than John Evans Atta Mills’ 44.6 in 2004.