A few months ago, when ministerial nominees were being vetted, news broke ahead of Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Djaba’s vetting that she was, some years ago interested in marrying former president John Dramani Mahama.
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Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba has finally come out to deny these accusations which were propagated on social media by on Mahama Haruna who claimed to know the minister and the former president.
“It was one of the most ridiculous and ludicrous statements from a crazy guy called Mahama Haruna. Former President Mahama is my brother, there will be no inc*st in this relationship,” the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister said in an interview with Kwadwo Asare-Barfour Acheampong (KABA) on Wednesday, 8 March.
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Haruna Mahama had claimed in his piece that Ms Djaba was unrelenting in her attacks on Mr Mahama because the former president “rejected” an arranged marriage between him and her.
“Many are surprised about Otiko Afisah Djaba’s incessant attacks on President Mahama. I am not surprised because I know the reason for Otiko’s tantrums against President Mahama since she became an NPP member in 2008.
“It is simple! President John Dramani rejected an ARRANGED FAMILY MARRIAGE* between him and Otiko Afisa Djaba many years ago,” Haruna Mahama wrote on Facebook.
However, Ms Djaba, in her response on Asempa FM said: “Haruna Mahama is a liar, there is no such tradition among Gonjas. I don’t know what kind of Gonja he is.”
She said: “President Mahama is my brother. I’ll respect him till the day I die. We have different ideologies; it doesn’t mean that I don’t respect him. His father and my mother’s father (maternal grandfather) were cousins, they shared a common grandmother. My mother met my father in Grandfather EA Mahama’s house, so, it’s a very close relationship. …I went into exile with my father when I was 16 years old at the same time that Grandfather EA Mahama was also in exile, so, at what point did my father and Grandfather EA Mahama arrange the so-called marriage? It is not possible, we are too close with blood for that to happen. Haruna is just playing mischief.”