Boakye Agarko denies paying bribe to minority members

Boakye Agarko denies paying bribe to minority members

Boakye Agarko, the energy minister-designate, who has been accused of bribing minority members of parliament's appointment committee to the tune of GHC100,000 has denied the charge.

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Boakye Agarko denies paying bribe to minority members

Boakye Agarko (left) and Mahama Ayariga

Mahama Ayariga, the MP for Bawku Central, alleged that he received GHC3,000 from minority chief whip, Mubarak Muntaka, which he was told came from Boakye Agyarko to influence members to confirm his nomination as minister.

His remarks has been backed by fellow MPs Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and Alhassane Suhuyini.

READ ALSO: Yes, Boakye Agyarko bribed us - Okudzeto, Suhuyini defend Ayariga

But in a reaction on Accra-based Citi FM, Boakye Agarko said he had not given any money to the minority.

“I have not given a single soul a penny. If anybody can cross the heart and say I have given them money, let them step forward.

"I say so that it is not true without the fear of contradiction. It is a fabrication because the allegation that I said Mahama was corrupt, so they also have to smear me to say that I am corrupt and I have not right to accuse Mahama of being corrupt.

“I am not afraid of man, but if that is how we are going to live our national lives, so be it. But I don’t believe it is the right way,” he said.

He added that he had instructed his lawyers to look into the matter and advise him on a possible court case.

READ ALSO: How Boakye Agyarko bribed us with GHC3,000 each - Ayariga makes explosive accusation

Meanwhile, the parliamentary leadership has denied the bribery claims.

"Parliament has noted with grave concern, allegations that the leadership and members of the appointments committee have been bribed by some of the president’s nominees to facilitate the recommendation of approval of their nomination as ministers to the house.”

“Parliament will like to state categorically and without any equivocation that these allegations are frivolous and vexatious, and should be discarded," it said in a statement.

READ ALSO: I'll sue Mahama Ayariga over GHC3K bribery allegation – Osei Owusu

Boakye Agarko denies paying bribe to minority members

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