I will not support approval of Gifty Twum-Ampofo as Deputy Minister-designate for Education – Suhuyini

June 10, 2021
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The Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini says he will vote against the nomination of Gifty Twum-Ampofo as Deputy Minister-designate for Education.

This decision, according to the outspoken legislator, has already been communicated to the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei Owusu.

In a write-up sighted by JoyNews and detailing reasons for his decision not to support the approval of President Akufo-Addo’s appointee, Mr. Suhuyini expressed “dissatisfaction with the nominee’s handling of questions regarding a CDD’s Corruption Watch assessment of the last NPP parliamentary primaries.”

According to him, while Madam Twum-Ampofo had admitted to offering/bribing NPP delegates in the Abuakwa North Constituency with GH₵1500 and a flat-screen television each during the party’s primaries, she lacked “candor and what seems to be a conscience” when questioned at her vetting on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

Again, the accomplished politician and educationist is accused of denying some allegations she made against her opponent during the 2016 general elections.

“When her attention was drawn to the fact that in 2016, when she was less than a year old as an MP from the classroom and perhaps not as resourceful, that she alleged and criticized her competitor, the then NDC candidate for the Abuakwa North Amb Victor Smith of attempting to buy votes in her constituency by giving two NPP executives Ghc 1000 cedis each to join his campaign, she categorically denied that under oath,” part of the statement by Mr. Suhuyini read.

In conclusion, the Tamale North MP described her alleged lack of conscience as a threat to the country’s democracy, hence his decision not to approve her nomination.

Below is his full statement

I have just respectfully communicated my decision to vote against the nomination of Hon. Gifty Twum-Ampofo Deputy Minister-Designate for Education, to the chairman of the appointment committee.

My decision is borne out of my dissatisfaction with the nominee’s handling of questions regarding a CDD’s Corruption Watch assessment of the last NPP parliamentary primaries.

In that report, the nominee is said to have admitted to offering/bribing NPP delegates in the Abuakwa North constituency with Ghc 1500 and a TV flat screen each.
She repeated during her vetting that her conduct, which she downplayed, was not meant to induce and indeed did not induce the delegates.

When her attention was drawn to the fact that in 2016, when she was less than a year old as an MP from the classroom and perhaps not as resourceful, that she alleged and criticized her competitor, the then NDC candidate for the Abuakwa North Amb Victor Smith of attempting to buy votes in her constituency by giving two NPP executives Ghc 1000 cedis each to join his campaign, she categorically denied that under oath.

I’m therefore disappointed in the nominee’s lack of candor and what seems to be a conscience that is dead to the threat of bribery and corruption to our democracy.

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