Mr. Jacob Osei Yeboah has said the position of the Minority in Parliament with regards to Otiko Djaba's approval will not help the country.
According to him, Ghana’s parliament voted for truth, integrity and sincerity with regards to the approval of Otiko Afisa Djaba as Gender, Children and Social Protection.
“Yesterday in parliament, the MPs voted for truth and integrity as against falsehood and hypocrisy. Otiko has been very blunt and sincere with herself and everybody, especially Northerners, about how they feel about the former president. She admitted saying those words, she stood by her words, she did not withdraw those comments she made about the former president and that showed sincerity. The NDC MPs wanted her to withdraw the true comments she passed about the former president but she did not."
Ms Djaba was approved by parliament amidst controversy over some comments she passed about former President John Mahama during campaigning the 2016 election. She described Mr Mahama as one with an evil heart for superintending the rot that characterized the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), an initiative that was to alleviate the plight of Ghanaians living in the three regions in the north of the country, where the former president himself hails from.
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The Minority side of the House on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 staged a walkout opposing her nomination on the basis that she refused to honour her national service.
The number of legislators who voted in support of her approval was 152, which is more than half of the votes of the 275-member house. No vote was recorded against her nomination as the Minority abstained from voting.
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This followed a controversy after Minority MPs raised an objection that the ballot papers did not have the signature and stamp of the Speaker and, thus, could not be used for the ballot.
In an interview with Accra-based Accra FM, he said, “The NDC MPs’ posture in parliament will not help the country. Their actions now in parliament can be compared to a wounded lion roaring at people, or like persons embarking on suicide mission. They will need to exercise restraint.”
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Mr. Yeboah added: “All that they (NDC MPs) were trying to achieve was a delay in her appointment because they knew their actions against her would lead to nothing. The hypocrisy [of the Minority] is that Oti Bless (former Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development)) was also guilty of the national service issue yet they approved him as Deputy Minister when they were in the majority. Apart from that, I challenge them to investigate all the MPs to find out how many of them did their national service.”