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We did not take bribes to allow Ken Ofori-Atta stay on- Majortity MPs

Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi, the Member of Parliament for the Asante-Akim North Constituency and spokesperson for the disgruntled Majority Members of Parliament group who are demanding the dismissal of the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta has denied rumours of being bribed by the Presidency to suspend their request, Purefmonline.com reports.

Speaking on Accra-based Joy News’ ‘Upfront’ program on Thursday, October 27, monitored by Purefmonline.com, the MP who belongs to the camp of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) dared that should any Government actor, official, state institution or a media house run with the assertion that the MPs were bribed to allow the Finance Minister to stay on the job, he will ‘spill the beans’, emphasizing that the Majority group are beyond ‘the bribes’.

“No! We did not take money to succumb to the President’s request. I challenge any individual to come out and say this. I want somebody or anybody from Government or Government’s institution to whisper about we being bribed and they will see.

I will come out with information. Even if I hear it in the media that we have been bribed, they will see. Let anybody dare and we will see what will happen. We are beyond the bribes. If I hear, I will come out with information.”

Hon. Andy Appiah Kubi explained to the host, Winston Amoah that, the Majority’s decision to heed to President Akufo-Addo’s appeal for the Finance Minister and the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry to stay on till the conclusion of the International Monetary Fund Negotiations (IMF) with Ghana and the presentation of the 2023 budget was painstakingly arrived.

“We met the President, he told us his request and many of us objected to it. We even had to cast a vote amongst ourselves before the decision to succumb to the request was accepted and adopted.”

“I have not backtracked. In fact, I personally objected to the President’s appeal but out of respect, I needed to accept the decision of the majority especially when a vote was casted.

But let no one think that this will be the end of it, I will lead the charge to insist on the dismissal of the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, and the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu Boahen if the time comes and the President fails to sack them.

We are doing the house cleaning by ourselves and this time, it might not take the form of press conference if the Finance Minister continues to stay in office when the time the President has requested elapses.

I don’t know why the Finance Minister and the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry even continue to stay in office. They should have both resigned by now.” Hon. Andy Appiah Kubi, Member of Parliament for the Asante-Akim North Constituency stated.

Background

The President of the Republic, Akufo-Addo has begged Members of Parliament (MPs) from his party calling for the outright dismissal of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta to afford him three more weeks on the job.

Read more: https://purefmonline.com/2022/10/26/give-ken-ofori-atta-3-more-weeks-prez-akufo-addo-begs-npp-mps/

The President made this appeal when he met some of the NPP MPs who on Tuesday, October 25, called on him to remove from office, the President’s cousin or risk losing their participation in any Government business brought to Parliament.

The Majority in Parliament acceded to President’s plea to have his ministers at the Finance Ministry stay on a little longer despite pressure from the caucus until the conclusion of the IMF negotiations and the reading of the 2023 budget.

Source: Purefmonline.com II 2022

Evans Osei-Bonsu

Evans is a radio producer @PureFM (95.7MHz) under the Angel Broadcasting Network (ABN Ghana), writer, student of Law and Politics at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

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