The minority chief whip in parliament, Mubarak Muntaka, has strongly denied receiving money from Joe Osei-Owusu, the chairman of the appointments committee, and distributing same to minority members of the committee to influnce them to approve the nomination of Boakye Agarko, the energy minister-desinate.
"I’m swearing that I never gave Ayariga anything and said it came from Osei-Owusu," he said.
He said Osei-Owusu did not give him any money and that he was at a loss as to why Ayariga would make up such an accusation.
He said as a fellow Muslim, he expected Ayariga to do better.
Osei-Owusu, on the same network, also denied the charges, vowing to initiate court action to clear his name.
For his part, Boakye Agarko also denied the charges on Accra-based Citi FM, stressing that he had not given "a single soul a penny".
"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.