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NPP MPs Attack Ablakwa over Oslo $12m Scandal

North Tongu lawmaker, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has come under serious verbal attack by members of parliament of the ruling party, the New Patriotic Party, (NPP) over the scandalous $12.5 million Oslo deal.

Mr Ablakwa sin was that, he exposed the deal as a member and Ranking of the Foreign Affairs Committee of parliament.

Mr Frank Annoh-Dompreh, Chairman of Foreign Affairs committee and his Vice, Mr Keelung Apramtwum-Sarpong, lunged that the verbal attack on the North Tongu lawmaker, describing his expose as political “nuisance “which has the potential of jeopardising his (Ablakwa) political career.

The Majority MP, for Nsawam-Adoagyire said, Ablakwah has the penchant in levelling false accusations against Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.

According to Mr Annoh-Dompreh, the government of Ghana has not enter into any contractual agreement with the Oslo property owner for anybody to impute criminality in the first place.

Mr Ablakwa had earlier in the week on the floor of Ghana parliament, accused Ms Ayorkor Botchwey of cost inflation in connection with the government attempt to buy a property in Norway to serve as its Chancery, an allegation the sector minister had denied.

Although the minister denied the accusations, Mr Ablakwa went a step further to petition President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to set a Commission of Inquiry into the matter, a petition the president has dismissed as “empty of substance”.

Addressing Journalists in Parliament on Thursday mOrning December 20, 2018, Mr Annoh-Dompreh, insisted that, the government has not commit any financial obligation and therefore the conduct of Mr Ablakwa, was in bad faith which in his view,only sought to destroy his own career as a young politician.

“This clearly is an offer being put out there by an offeree, it has not been accepted, so, it cannot become a binding agreement. You don’t need to be a lawyer to know this. I called him [Ablakwa] and pointed it out to him that he may be doing his mischief but if he is not careful, he will destroy his reputation as a young man. There is no contract existing,” he said.

He added: “You have a minister that has been very cooperative to us, right from we touring the foreign missions, and any time we had called on her, she has been very cooperative.

“The ministry provided this information, and of course, a letter from the Ministry of Finance, which captured a certain GHS15 million. How on earth will anybody impute criminality or criminal intent to somebody who has been so transparent to us.

“You have written a letter demanding further and better particulars, she has followed up on the letter religiously and provided these further and better particulars. If the minister had an intent of defrauding the state, she wouldn’t have displayed all these figures to us.

“The so-called $16.5 million is the offeree’s offer being put on the table, it has not been accepted, so, it cannot become a binding agreement.”

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba

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