Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOR
The Leader of the Minority Caucus in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has described as “malicious, mischievous and a pack of lies reports that he is involved in a bribery scandal as reported by The Herald newspaper.
The newspaper has reported that some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have named the Tamale South MP and Ato Forson in a Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) bribery scandal.
But Mr Iddrisu, in a statement on Friday, September 3, 2021 and copied to Today said, the publication was false and unfounded intended to malign his hard-won reputation.
“The fact that the writer mysteriously omitted his by-line shows his or her malevolent intent and points to the fact that the publication is a fabrication.
“I wonder why the writer will want to hide under the cloak of anonymity, if he or she were confident of the news story,” he said in a press release reacting to the publication,” he said.
He explained that he had at no time participated in, or been in the know, of issues and dealings the article alleges.
“The said publication is nothing but falsehood calculated at tarnishing my hard-won reputation and to bring me into disrepute and public opprobrium. It also exposes the general lack of knowledge and understanding of the workings of Parliament,” he said.
He called on the general public and his party faithful to disregard and treat the publication with the utmost contempt.
“It is also a premeditated effort to place a wedge among us as the Minority Group, cause disunity within our Caucus and make us incapable of holding government accountable for its policies and decisions – which is one of our key responsibilities,” he added.
Haruna Iddrisu demanded that the newspaper editor retracts and issue an unqualified apology “with the same prominence as the said malicious publication within 24 hours.
He said the failure of which he will instruct his ” lawyers to assess all possible grounds that this publication offers for a legal suit against The Herald newspaper, the writer of the story and all the hidden faces behind such a wicked and politically motivated publication; against my person.”