The Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joe Osei-Owusu has served notice of going to court to have his name cleared in the bribery scandal that has hit his committee.
He made the announcement on The Big Issue on Saturday when he was asked if he would go to court to prove his innocence.
“That is precisely where I’m going,” he added.
The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central and member of the Appointments Committee of Parliament had accused Energy minister, Boakye Agyarko of bribing the ten minority members on the committee with GHc3, 000 each in a bid to lure them to approve him [Agyarko] for the ministerial position.
The minority had refused to approve Mr. Agyarko because of some comments he made during his vetting against former President John Dramani Mahama.
Mr. Ayariga had claimed that Mr. Osei-Owusu gave the money to the minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak for onward disbursement to them.
But speaking on Citi FM’s news analysis programme, The Big Issue, Mr.Osei-Owusu said his hands are clean.
“I have never ever received any money from Boakye Agyarko or anybody for that matter for any such purpose. Mahama Ayariga knows that I have never spoken to him or Muntaka or anybody about any money, never. There are not many people on that side I like anyway for me to go to that level.”
“I took this thing as ordinary thing but I ignored it but when I heard that Mahama Ayariga had gone on air and was mentioning my name when he knows that I’m in no such relationship with him, I’m pissed off and I’m angry. The leadership of been trying to prevail over me not to respond but I think it is getting overboard. “On Tuesday I will make a statement on the floor of the House and in that respect and then I will take my personal responsibility for my image from there,” he noted.
By: Godwin A. Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana