As GhanaCelebrities.com reported, Boakye Agyarko and Yaw Osafo-Marfo’s bid to be Ministers of State appears to be in limbo.
Allegations of bribery are being levelled against the NPP’s top hierarchy in Parliament, allegedly attempting to woo the Minority Members on the vetting committee to successfully pass Boakye Agyarko as Energy Minister.
These allegations were raised by Mahama Ayariga, MP for Bawku Central and a member of Parliament’s appointment committee.
Mr. Ayariga is reported to have told Radio Gold in an interview that the Minority MPs on the committee received GHS3000 each, thinking it was their sitting allowance but outrightly rejected it, upon being informed that the money was rather from Boakye Agyarko.
The Bawku Central MP said:
“We were expecting our committee allowances from the chairman so when we were called by our leader to come and take our money we took it knowing that that is our allowance. So, as for the quantum, we cannot tell how much money he might have given to the chairman, so there are all sorts of speculations about what sort of quantum he is alleged to have given but what we know is what came to us as individuals, that is what we can bear testimony to: whether it’s GHS1 or GHS2, no matter how small it is, what we know is what was given to us and we found out later that it was coming from him so as for the quantum, it’s not important. For me, the most important thing is that we were expecting to be given our committee sitting allowances, and we were promised by our chairman that it would come very soon, and we were called to pick up money from our Whip, we picked it up and assumed that it was our allowances and then later we heard rumours in the house and we called our leader and asked him where is the money coming from, he said it came from the Chairman but chairman said it was coming from Boakye Agyarko so that is where we realised that we [couldn’t] take money from Boakye Agyarko. So we asked him to take his money back, we are not interested. The quantum is insignificant, even if he had brought GHS1million, we will still return it to him,”