- NPP acting General Secretary has defended the way the NPP has dealt with Otiko Djaba and Daniel Naabu
- He says the issue has prompted the party to make certain changes to its constitution
Mr. John Boadu, the governing New Patriotic Party's (NPP) acting General Secretary, confessed that the Otiko Djaba and Bugri Naabu debacle has adversely affected the ruling party's public perception.
According to the ruling party's general secretary, the scandal between Gender Minister Otiko Afisa Djaba and Northern Regional Minister Daniel Bugri Naabu stained the NPP's public image, something that the party's leadership disapproved of very much.
The insults both Madam Djaba and Mr. Naabu traded publicly, and sometimes in the media consistently made the country's headlines. These verbal blows were of such ferocity that leading members of Ghanaian society demanded that the two be severely reprimanded. Some even demanded that they lose their position in the Akufo Addo administration.
For instance, Northern Regional Minister Naabu's comments concerning the late Adams Mahama's murder had many demanding that the government official be questioned by the BNI. While Madam Djaba's accusations concerning Minister Naabu's receipt of livestock as bribes have garnered heavy criticism, and ridicule on social media.
The two were directed to submit written apologies for the conduct, and were furthermore told to sign a bond of good behavior by the party. This, although, has prompted some sections of the public to say that they have been given a light punishment considering their destructive conduct.
But Mr. John Boadu, the party's acting General Secretary, has refuted claims that the two have been dealt with too lightly.
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“For you to be told in the face to that your action and utterances is disapproved and be asked to write and apologize to the party and Ghanaians as well as being bonded, is akin to being told to leave the party,” he said.
He stressed that the way they were dealt with was because they chose to acknowledge their misbehavior. He further stated that had they decided to argue their way out of the issue their punishment would've been more heavy-handed.
He added that to prevent a recurrence, the party's constitution will be amended so that party executives cannot be appointed to executive positions, adding that this was an apt time to amend the party's constitution.
"Obviously, this decision will be part of the amendment process and a clear decision will be taken and a statement made to that effect in congress."
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