In 2017 the biggest political news is perhaps the investiture of Nana Akufo-Addo as president of the Ghana.
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Apart from the swearing-in of Akufo-Addo there were some lows or embarrassing moments for some politicians.
YEN.com.gh is revisiting some of the embarrassing political gaffes, and mishaps of 2017.
1. William Quaitoo
He was deputy Agric minister in the Akufo-Addo administration. He ethnocentric comments was a big embarrassment to him and his party NPP.
Mr. Quaitoo described northerners as liars and difficult to deal with. “ur brothers [in northern Ghana], it is so difficult to deal with them. I lived there for 27 years, I speak Dagbani like a Dagomba and all that. They are very difficult people. Nobody can substantiate. If anybody says that his farm was destroyed by armyworm, the person would have to come and prove it. We have no records of that. It’s just a way of taking money from the government; that’s what they do all the time.”
He subsequently resigned as deputy minister.
2. Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini
The NDC MP for Tamale North in trying to argue out his point on live TV asked to see the pant of the host.
“Abena, you are wearing a white pant. Show me your white pant. Show me.”
He came under pressure for his choice of example.
The former Host of ‘Alhaji and Alhaji’ of Accra-based Radio Gold, immediately rendered an unqualified apology to viewers for his choice of words.
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3. Otiko Afisa Djaba
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection was in the news for many reasons. The most popular one was the exchange of invectives with the NPP’s Northern Regional Chairman, Bugri Naabu.
She was accused of washing the NPP’s dirty linen in public when she intimated that, Bugri Naabu had a hand in who was selected the Council of State representative from the Northern Region.
She also alleged Bugri was taking bribes.
4. Mahama Ayariga
The NDC MP for Bawku Central Mahama Ayariga alleged that Parliamentarians took bribes.
In a jaw dropping claim by Mahama Ayariga, the Energy Minister designate had given an amount of GHȻ3,000 to them; an amount they received thinking it was their sitting allowance, but returned it later when they became aware it came from Boakye Agyarko.
5. George Ayisi Boateng
He is Ghana’s ambassador to South Africa who said his loyalty as a government official is to seek the welfare of his party people (NPP) first before any other Ghanaian.
“This government is doing its best to create job opportunities and me for instance, I told my people over there [that], it is because of NPP that I’m here, so the NPP man is my priority.
“I told them when NDC was in power it was Kwesi Ahwoi who was there, now we are in power, so Ayisi-Boateng is here with you. My topmost priority is the problems of an NPP person before any other Ghanaian, take it or leave it,” he said.
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6. Bugri Naabu
The NPP Northern Regional chairman led a fold of highly charged women to a meeting ground at the Radach Conference Center where the minister was chairing a School Feeding program deliberations, and threw the gathering into a disorder.
7. Kennedy Agyepong
The NPP MP for Assin Central has a series of embarrassing moments in the 2017. The very popular one was when he said a TV show host’s cheek is like ‘bofrot’
The vibrant MP was speaking on "Badwam Mpensenpensenmu" on Adom TV when he decided to call out the host after they disagreed on an issue.
The MP proceeded to refer to the show host as having a face like "bofrot". Bofrot is a traditional African snack similar to a doughnut.
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