Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga has denied reports on myjoyonline.com claiming he made up the alleged bribery allegation against Boakye Agyarko.
According to the aforementioned website, the Chairman of Parliament’s Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei Owusu, said the former Science and Technology Minister withdrew the allegation behind closed doors.
Mahama Ayariga who is a member of the Appointments Committee said the Minority received an amount of GHC3, 000 which was communicated to them as allowances.
He said upon further probe by the Minority regarding the source of the money, the Chairman of the Committee, Joe Osei Owusu, disclosed that the GHC3000 was part of a GHC100, 000 token from the Minister designate to Committee members.
He said the Minority through their leadership returned the money which they described as a bribe aimed at influencing their decision.
Myjoyonline.com subsequently published that the MP has swallowed his words.
But in a sharp rebuttal, Mr. Ayariga stated “categorically that I have not withdrawn any allegation against the nominee” Boakye Agyarko.
Read the full rebuttal below:
“This evening my attention has been drawn to a news story on myjoyonline.com claiming that I have withdrawn a claim of bribery I made against Boakye Agyarko, the President’s nominee for the Ministry of Energy.
Let me state categorically that I have not withdrawn any allegation against the nominee. The basis for such a withdrawal and apology does not exist because the Minority Members actually received some sums of money from the leadership which came from the nominee.
I wish to also add that I was not making up any facts to equalise for the bribery allegation against President John Mahama. My colleagues and I actually returned the money to be given back to Mr. Agyarko, who we are told gave the money.
The myjoyonline story is inaccurate. I hope they do the right thing and retract and apologise.