The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) former National Women’s Organiser, Anita De Sosoo, has taken it upon herself to apologise on behalf of Otiko Afisa Djaba, Minister-designate of Gender, Children and Social Protection for statements Otiko made about the former president John Dramani Mahama in the lead up to the 2016 general elections.
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This comes after the former NPP National Women Organiser refused to apologise to the former president and Ghana during her vetting by the Appointments Committee of parliament on Monday January 30.
Ms Djaba said: “I don’t owe him (Mr Mahama) or you (Alhassan Suhuyini) any apology…,” in response to the Tamale North MP’s question about her “unpalatable” choice of words in describing the former president in some of her campaigns.
“My comment about he being an embarrassment was in relation to SADA. SADA is very dear to my heart and for a president who is from the north who promised to alleviate poverty, what happened to the guinea fowls? The chiefs of the north actually made that statement,” Ms Djaba justified.
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But speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom, on Accra100.5FM on Tuesday January 31, Ms De Sosoo said: “If you are wrong and several people are calling on you to apologise, out of respect you should do that, but I was very sad with the posture of Otiko Djaba during her vetting.”
“Those comments she made about former president Mahama, that he was an embarrassment to Ghanaians and so on, were below the belt, which she should have apologised for.
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“Nonetheless, I am standing on my sister’s behalf to apologise to all Ghanaians. If you want to be a leader, you don’t lord over anybody; you need to be submissive to all persons.”