Why Otiko Afisa Djaba is bowing out of Politics – the inside story

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Before the recently held National election of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), President Nana Akufo-Addo is alleged to have issued a directive to all his appointees to support and vote for Freddie Blay or get kicked out from his government, Otiko is said to have defied and ignored the directive. She allegedly told President Nana Akufo-Addo “We are not robots and cannot be pushed about like kids” and then went ahead to declare support for Stephen Ntim.

We have gathered that after the Koforidua congress, Otiko was summoned to the Jubilee House and was queried for disobeying the President’s orders. The meeting which happened in the presence of Freddie Blay and John Boadu, infuriated Otiko who had serious exchanges with the President and Blay. She refused to be cowered into submission, and out of anger she told Freddie Blay to stay out of NPP matters since he is a complete stranger in the Party. She picked her bag and walked out while cursing them with some strong words.

Our Jubilee House sources hinted that Otiko’s misbehavior in front of the President really got him angry and embarrassed and so he made the decision to reshuffle her out of his government completely, but at that moment John Boadu quickly reminded him that Otiko was one of the few Krobo’s in the government and thus kicking her out could send bad signals to the Krobos.

The Upper East Regional Minister was the one originally penciled for the role of Ambassador to Italy but a decision was quickly made to rather send Otiko to Italy.

Otiko was not informed of the reshuffle. She only heard her reshuffle on radio and said “This man is VINDICTIVE”. She told her close friends that she is not going to accept the appointment and will bow out of politics. But promised to teach Akufo-Addo a lesson.

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