Minority Chief Whip Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka has sworn he never gave any money to Bawku Central NDC MP Mahama Ayariga who has claimed, it was to bribe some NDC MPs.
“I am a Muslim, I am swearing by Allah, I have never given Ayariga anything”, he said on Joy FM/MultiTV’s news analysis programme Newsfile Saturday.
The Minority Chief Whip was cited along side First Deputy Speaker Joe Osei Owusu as having key roles to play in the GHC3,000 allegedly given to members of Parliament’s Appointment Committee.
Mr Ayariga was emphatic Mr Muntaka is a key witness to the money sharing allegedly gifted NDC MPs by Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko.
“He said he had met with the chairman and the chairman had said that it was from Boakye Agyarko who is a nominee whereupon we as a Minority said, ‘no, no, we were not interested in his money”
“..he (Muntaka) should take the money and then return it to the Chairman (of the Appointments Committee of Parliament) to give it back to Agyarko so we gave the money back to our Chief Whip and asked him to send it back to the Chairman”, Mahama Ayariga said.
The former Science and Technology Minister also claimed the Minority Chief Whip received the money from the chairman of the Committee.
The money was to facilitate the approval of the Energy minister whose approval by the Committee was initially scuttled by the NDC MPs.
“…the logical conclusion is that this is money which was intended to influence us to approve his nomination” Ayariga said.
But the minister has denied the allegation and vowed to go to court to clear his name. With Mr Agyarko and Ayariga trading accusations, the third actor implicated in the story has clarified his position.
The Minority Chief Whip told Samson Anyenini Lardy, host of Newsfile that he gave no money to Mr Ayariga, challenging him to provide evidence.
” I am saying this with a lot of difficulty…..I am a Muslim and Ayariga is a Muslim, I am swearing by the Allah that has created he and I, I never gave Ayariga anything and I said it was coming from Joe Osei Owusu and [Osei Owusu] has never discussed any money issue with me and …I have never given any Ayariga any money, saying that it is coming from the Chairman.