Fire Otiko Djaba and call for Investigations – Governance Watch Ghana

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Governance Watch Ghana, a political eye-watcher and think-thank on governance issues across the African continent has added its voice to calls by sections of the Ghanaian public for the murder allegations of Mr Bugri Naabu against the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba to be investigated.

Through a news release issued yesterday, Governance Watch Ghana expressed the view that the issue in question is one that must be taken seriously and treated with the urgency that it deserves in view of the weight of the personalities involved.

In the view of Governance Watch Ghana, one of the steps President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo must take is to immediately relieve Madam Otiko Djaba of her duties as a Minister so as to allow for a free and fair investigations to be carried into the matter considering in view of the seriousness of the allegations; and that it through this the President would be making a strong case for his leadership and commitment to the rule of law in Ghana.

“We call on the Ghana Police Service to, as a matter of urgency, proceed to invite the accused to respond to the allegations levelled against her in order to lay the allegations of Mr. Bugri Naabu to rest,” the statement noted.

The statement was signed by the Executive Director of Governance Watch Ghana; Mr Stephen Kwabena Attuh and two others in the persons of Mr Fred Adomako William and Nii Adottey Michel, the deputy Director and Executive Secretary respectively.

The Northern regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Daniel Bugri Naabu and the Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba hit the news headlines last week counter accusing each other of myriad of issues.

The Minister had described Mr Naabu as a bribe-taking politician who goes around extorting money, cows and goats from people with the promise of securing appointments for them in the Akufo-Addo led government. This was after the plain-talking NPP Chairman on Friday May 5, 2017 scuttled a meeting being held by the Minister in that region.

Apart from accusing the Minister of failing to inform him of the meeting since she was in his territory, Mr Naabu also alleged that the Minister was plotting to scuttle the President’s appointment of a regional head for the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP).

He described the meeting as “illegal” and “unconstitutional”, saying even President Nana Akufo-Addo would not venture into the region to hold such a meeting without informing the regional executives.

In her reaction, Ms Djaba said Mr Naabu “came there to throw his weight about”, adding: “…As we speak nobody has appointed anybody for School Feeding. … I understand that Chairman Bugri wants to give this position to a woman, Dakora Bama or something, and then he also tried to cover up about issues concerning the DCE. I have nothing to do with the DCE. … I don’t know why Chairman Bugri wants to lie and use me as a cover-up for his problems.

“I want Chairman Bugri to understand that whatever is making him do the things that he is doing, he should be very careful. I’m the last person he would want to have trouble with because me, I respect myself, he should respect himself and stop lying about me.

“He cannot appoint School Feeding people, he’s not the only one in the region, he wants to be the one to appoint DCEs, Council of State elders, who and who, …all the things he collects from the people before assuring them [of posts], he should go and give the things back to them. … I want to use your platform to tell him to stop telling lies about me and to stop collecting people’s things and promising them jobs that he cannot give and when he goes and does that – after he has collected their money and their cows and goats – then he will come and put the trouble on Otiko. Otiko will not accept it. If Bugri wants trouble from me, then the trouble will come.”

Mr Naabu, in a subsequent counter, accused Ms Djaba of having had a hand in the murder of the NPP’s Upper East Regional Chairman Adams Mahama in 2015.

The Minister yesterday issued a public apology to President Nana Akufo-Addo and Ghanaians for her comments.

Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson ||


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