National Youth Organiser of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and a convener of ‘Let My Vote Count’, James Kwabena Bomfeh, also known as Kabila has seconded the call by Hon. Kennedy Agyapong for the resignation of the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, for his role in the award of Gh₵47 million judgment debt to Waterville BV Holdings.
According to him, Hon. Ebo Barton Odro should first step down from the position of the Chairman of the Appointments Committee of Parliament, which attempts to test the credibility of appointees because “his credibility has been tainted by his involvement in the award of the judgment debt”.
“As first deputy speaker, who chair’s the Appointments Committee, it is this same appointments committee that vets any office that needs to be vetted in this land. You know what vetting should do, or what it does?… It put the credibility of people to test. He who calls for equity must come with clean hands,” the CPP man stated.
Kwabena Bomfe claims to have come to this conclusion due to the ruling of the Supreme Court that “those who made the payments ought to have known. And that the payment could have only been done through some connivance or deliberate attempt to pilfer state resources”.
Speaking on the issue on “Eko Si Sen” programme on Asempa FM, Kabila’s call for the Hon. Ebo Barton Odro’s , resignation comes after a similar suggestion from the MP for Assin Central, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong.
According to the out-spoken NPP MP, considering Barton Odro’s involvement in the Waterville saga, his continuous stay in that position will be an indictment on Parliament.
Ebo Barton Oduro as a Deputy Attorney-General in the erstwhile Atta Mills’ administration was instrumental in the Waterville-Woyome saga.
He was of the view that government had no case defending the issue in court saying, the payment of the judgment rather saved the state money.