Ayariga makes U-turn; Mahama knew gay activist Andrew Solomon

Mahama Ayariga

Mahama Ayariga

Minister for Information and Media Relations Mahama Ayariga has conceded that during his time as vice president, President John Mahama did in fact have a formal relationship with renowned gay rights activist Andrew Solomon.

Earlier last week at a press conference, the minister had denied the existence of a relationship between President John Mahama and Andrew Solomon prior to the launch of the former’s book, My First Coup d’état, in the United States.

A statement signed by the minister Sunday stated, “I briefed the media during the week on the matter of the relationship between Andrew Solomon, an acclaimed author in the United States of America, and His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama. I denied any prior close relationship between the two of them. Subsequently it has come to my knowledge that this is not entirely accurate.

Mr Ayariga further added, “in keeping with my commitment to provide accurate and reliable information about Government and the Presidency to the public, let me affirm that our then-Vice President had a prior meeting with Andrew Solomon in furtherance of the former’s book writing project before the book launch event at which Andrew Solomon acted as a moderator.”

The Minister also denied that the gay rights activist also made any financial contribution to the electoral campaign of President John Mahama during the December polls.

The statement concluded categorically that President Mahama does not subscribe to homosexuality and “will not take any step to promote homosexualism in Ghana.”