Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa MP for North Tongu has added three more NDC MPs to the list of people who are said to have received GH¢3,000 to allegedly influence the minority members on the Appointment Committee to approve a nominee for a ministerial post.
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Bodi MP Sampson Ahi, Asunafo South MP Eric Opoku and Odododiodoo MP Nii Lante Vanderpuye have all been named to have received the bribe but subsequently returned the money to the energy minister designate.
The North Tongu MP is one of three MPs demanding a parliamentary inquiry into a bribery saga that gutted the Appointments Committee last Friday.
Mahama Ayariga, minority MP for Bawku Central accused Minister designate for Energy, Boakye Agyarko of attempting to bribe them, ostensibly to have his nomination approved.
The allegation came hours after the Minority had refused to support the approval of Boakye Agyarko and Osafo Marfo; Senior Minister Nominee, after raising concerns over some statements the two made before the committee.
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Speaking Radio Gold, he said “This [Friday] morning, we had a meeting and during the meeting, we raised the issue with our Chief Whip and asked him what was the source of the money and he said he was going to check from the Chairman because he had also assumed that it was the sitting allowance that he had given him to give to us. So he raised the issue this morning again and he said he had met with the Chairman, and the Chairman had said it was from Boakye Agyarko, who is a nominee. So we as Minority said we were not interested in the money. He should take the money and then return it to the Chairman to give it back to Agyarko. So we gave the money back to our Chief Whip and asked him to send it back to give it to Mr. Agyarko.”
This is not the first time an allegation of bribery has been made most of which still remain unresolved.