The Majority in Parliament have reportedly approved the nomination of Otiko Afisa Djaba as Minister for Gender and social protection, later to be sworn in by the president.
The Minority of the house however boycotted the approval of the minister-designate based on her refusal to apologise to former president John Mahama for describing him as “wicked” and “evil” when she appeared before the Appointments Committee for her vetting.
It was reported some time ago that, while addressing supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the electioneering at Asawase in the Ashanti region, the former NPP National Women’s organizer said: “President Mahama’s time is up…president Mahama is extremely wicked and so he must step down.”
The Minority caucus on the Appointments Committee made a fruitless attempt to get her withdraw the comments when she appeared before them on Tuesday.
Ms. Djaba, however, said she does not owe the former president any apology, arguing that she was simply exercising her freedom of speech.