- There have been lingering rumours that Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has a first wife called Ramatu
- But in a statement, Bawumia has denied the reports saying Samira, the second lady, is the only wife he has
- According to the statement, the vice president does not even know the woman is being labelled as his wife
OUR MANIFESTO: This is what YEN.com.gh believes in
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has reacted to reports that he has another wife apart from Samira Bawumia who is called Ramatu.
Rumours have been circulating on social media that Bawumia was married to one Ramatu and had sidelined her for Samira to take the main position as Second Lady.
The rumours started on January 7, 2021, during Bawumia's inauguration as vice president for the second term.
The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin, while mentioning names of dignitaries present, mistakenly mentioned Ramatu as Bawumia's spouse.
A few days ago when President Nana Akufo-Addo presented the State of Nation Address, the NDC caucus in Parliament chanted that they wanted Ramatu when Samira was introduced.
This has further deepened the rumours on social media and even brought reports with a woman's face purported to be that of the said Ramatu.
But in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Dr Gideon Boako, Bawumia has denied the reports saying he does not even know the said lady.
According to the statement, Bawumia has never met the said Ramatu and the reports were only calculated to tarnish his image.
"The office of the Vice-President wishes to inform the general public that the Vice-President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has never met or seen this purported Ramatu let alone take her as a wife. She is a figment of the imagination of people trying hard to tarnish the image of the Vice-President for their own purposes."
The statement further affirmed that Samira is the only wife of Bawumia as known to the general public.
"For the avoidance of doubt, the Vice- President has only one wife, his dear Samira Bawumia and they have been married for 17 years even though his religion permits him to marry up to four wives. "
In other news from the presidency, President Nana Akufo-Addo's wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, is celebrating her 70th birthday.
A party has been held to mark the occasion of Mrs Akufo-Addo's special milestone. A video has popped up showing Auntie Becky on the dancefloor at the party.
Enjoy reading our stories? Join YEN.com.gh's Telegram channel! Never miss important updates
Download YEN's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major Ghana news