Deputy minister-designate for the local government ministry, John Oti Bless, has come under severe attacks following accusations made against the chief justice of ‘conniving’ with the opposition NPP in an attempt to reverse the election results in 2008 and in 2012 which saw the late John Evans Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama elected into office respectively.
Even though Oti Bless has apologised to the chief justice, he continues to face severe backlashes from civil society organisations and social commentators. Here is a list of some reactions to Oti Bless's comments;
1. IMANI boss, Franklin Cudjoe, calls for Oti Bless to be jailed;
“If he isn’t jailed, then we should take out the Montie three. The Montie gang of bandits, did the same thing on the same platform and also apologized.” - Franklin argued.
2. African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA) condemns parliament for "forgiving him"
“Parliament has no business approving the appointment of this gentleman. Our members of Parliament should go back and search their conscience and think carefully about this because the comments that are attributed to him are very dangerous comments. I think the apology doesn’t matter. The person that is being appointed has to demonstrate a high level of accountability in terms of action. It is just a joke.” - Executive Director of ACEPA, Dr. Rasheed Draman said.
3. Mahama must withdraw Oti Bless' appointment- Kweku Baako
"He is a baby with sharp teeth... As an appointee of government, if you heard what he said, you will be shocked. The president must withdraw his appointment. His is worse than the three gentlemen," - Editor-in-Chief of the Crusading Guide newspaper Malik Kweku Baako Jnr insisted.
4. Appointing Oti Bless places parliament in disrepute - Wereko Brobbey
"President Mahama should withdraw Oti Bless to save putting parliament in an intolerable position" - Former head of Volta River Authority (VRA) Charles Wereko-Brobbey warns.