Ford Gift Saga Speaker of parliament squares off with critics over Ford gift motion

In a statement signed by his special assistant George Opata, the speaker accused Ayikoi Otoo of peddling "clear untruth about parliament and the Speaker to the unsuspecting public."

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The Speaker of parliament Edward Doe Adjaho has hit back at former Attorney-General and Minster of Justice, Mr Ayikoi Otoo and a former Clerk of Parliament, Mr Samuel Ntim Darkwa over their criticism of his decision to dismiss the Ford gift motion.

In a statement signed by his special assistant George Opata, the speaker accused Ayikoi Otoo of peddling "clear untruth about parliament and the Speaker to the unsuspecting public."

The former Attorney-General slammed the speaker when he dismissed a minority motion seeking to probe president John Mahama over a Ford car gift he received from a Burkinabe contractor.

He faulted the speaker for over relying on a "test case of Messrs Okudzeto Ablakwa and Dr. Omane Boamah versus Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey and that the Minority did not get justice from the decision delivered by the Speaker."

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"The issue about the Ford Expedition gift was contained in the Auditor-Generals report," he added.

The speaker's statement said: "The Office of the Speaker hereby states expressly and unequivocally that there has been no mention of the issue of Ford Expedition Vehicle in any of the Auditor-Generals Reports submitted to the House since the inception of the Fourth Republication Parliament in January 1993.

The statement also condemned Mr Darkwa's comments on Newsfile last week Saturday in which he said the Speaker should have allowed debate on the motion.

The speaker questioned why Mr Darkwa was unable to advise former Speaker Ebenezer Begyina Sekyi-Hughes whom he was consulting for during the case involving the Hotel Kufour Saga.

"In July 2005, the Minority caucus filed a motion a requesting parliament to establish a special committee to investigate His Excellency the president on what was termed as the Hotel Kufour saga.Speaker Ebenezer Begyina Sekyi-Hughes promptly declined to admit the motion and dismissed it summarily.

"Interestingly, SN Darkwa was unable to advise Speaker Sekyi-Hughes not to dismiss the motion summarily and to allow debate on the Hotel Kufour saga before ruling on the matter," the statement said.

 

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