The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has stated that it will not condemn its leading member and Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, for suggesting that Electoral Commission Chairperson Charlotte Osei landed the job by giving out sexual favours.
“Charlotte Osei, bring your buttocks (sexual affair) in exchange of EC Chair position (fawoto be gye golf)", the MP said while addressing party supportersat a rally in Kumasi.
The remark has provoked outrage among some Ghanaians, with some expressing disgust at the conduct of Agyapong.
In a reaction, however, deputy communications director of the NPP, Anthony Abayifa Karbo, said the party will not condemn the MP for his comment.
According to him, Agyepong does not speak for the NPP and as such his comments do not represent the party’s position.
“I don’t think the party needs to come into this matter and I don’t think the party will go into this matter…the party shouldn’t. I don’t have evidence to what Ken is alleging, maybe he has. The media must call him and demand of him the evidence he has to his allegation. He may well be able to produce it," he told Accra-based Kasapa FM.
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Karbo said communicators of the ruling National Democratic Congress insulted women in the past without anyone criticising them.
“When the NDC’s Halidu Haruna said unmarried women above 30 years are prostitutes the party was out there supporting him. When Ursula Owusu suffered verbal attacks no highly placed woman in government such as gender minister, Nana Oye Lithur, said a word about that.”
Meanwhile, Nana Oye Lithur has condemned Agyapong's comment.
Describing it as regrettable, the minister said Ghanaian women would not countenance personal attacks on women who had committed to serving Ghana in public office.