The former Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Vitus Azeem has said, that President Akufo-Addo must withdraw Boakye Agyarko's appointment as Energy minister, until investigations into the bribery scandal he has been named in, have concluded.
According to him, these allegations would have grim ramifications on not just both sides of the House, but on parliament as whole, as such it would be advisable for the Energy minister's appointment to be suspended in the meantime.
Speaking on Accra FM, Mr Azeem said, " They (Parliament) should not limit the investigations to this particular case, they should extend to the other allegations that have been made by people like Martin Amidu. Whichever way they will handle it, it will either be a dent on the image of the Minority or a dent on the image of the Majority … or a general dent on the image of parliament. And, so, the leadership of parliament must handle this thing very carefully."
He also noted, “the president probably needs to hold on or probably withdraw his nominee (appointee) for now until the investigation is carried out and the person has been exonerated or otherwise implicated. If he (the president) thinks the allegations are credible, I think that is the best way to go about it."
On January 27, the MP for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga leveled allegations against Boakye Agyarko that he had offered a sum of GHC3,000 to each of the minority members on the appointments committee, to approve his nomination as energy minister.