North Tongu MP Samuel Okuidzeto Ablakwa has instructed his lawyers to file a defamation suit against Deputy Trades Minister, Carlos Ahenkorah, for calling him a “thief” and a “liar”.
“I’m certain that before the close of day he will received the suit, I want to give him the opportunity to prove all of those things – he called me a thief, he said that I even stole all my way through education…” Mr Ablakwa told Accra-based Joy FM on Thursday.
Mr Ahenkorah rained insults on Mr Ablakwa in parliament’s lobby a couple of days ago, after barging into an interview session that the North Tongu MP was having with journalists on the $100,000 cash-for-seat scandal.
The confrontation almost ended up in fisticuffs.
Meanwhile, Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak has described as a “complete cover-up”, claims by the presidency that there was no wrongdoing in the $100,000 ‘access fee’ saga.
The Minority has demanded a parliamentary probe into the scandal.
In a statement on Thursday, the presidency said neither the Ministry of Trade and Industry nor any other official in relation to the alleged payment of $100,000 by expatriates in order to sit at the president’s table at a recent event, did any wrong.
“The facts, as reported to the president, do not disclose any wrongdoing on the part of the Minister or any government official,” the statement signed by Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, said.
The statement added that: “The President has, therefore, asked the Minister to put those facts before the Ghanaian people.”