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Okudzeto Fires Back At Ken Agyapong

Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has replied to colleague lawmaker Kennedy Ohene Agyapong on recent comments the latter made to the effect that the then-student leader had begged for financial support while vying to be the President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS).

In an interview on Monday, Mr. Agyapong disclosed that Dan Botwe had asked Okudzeto “to come to me in Parliament, and this is his posture [with hands behind him] to collect money. How many cars does he have today? Please give me a break, let us speak the truth, Okudzeto has never worked in his life. He has always been on the neck of Akufo-Addo and the private jet”.

But in a sharp reply to this, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP has no modicum of conscience by the comments he made.

“Kennedy Agyapong knows, if he has any modicum of conscience, that he shamelessly peddled blatant falsehood because I have never received a farthing or pesewa from him neither did I ever go to the House of Parliament to solicit any form of assistance when I run for and won the Presidency of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) in 2005,” Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa wrote on Monday.

“My attention has been drawn to an archaic, preposterous, and ad hominem tactic of Kennedy Agyapong seeking to malign the messenger as he cannot deal with the message.

Kennedy Agyapong knows, if he has any modicum of conscience, that he shamelessly peddled blatant falsehood because I have never received a farthing or pesewa from him neither did I ever go to the House of Parliament to solicit any form of assistance when I run for and won the Presidency of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) in 2005.

These devious concoctions and vicious attacks on my person would not deter me from carrying out my constitutional mandate of oversight as a Member of Parliament duly elected by the beloved people of North Tongu.

I would only stop criticizing President Akufo-Addo’s unconscionable profligacy if he stops the US$14,000 an hour wasteful charters when Ghana’s Presidential Jet remains in pristine condition. After all, didn’t the president pledged to protect the public purse?

In any case, even though Kennedy Agyapong’s claims are outright fabrications, what kind of adult supports vulnerable students and uses that against them later in life? Like many Ghanaians, I do extend charity to the vulnerable including students and I cannot imagine that I would ever use that against them.

As adults, let’s offer a better example to the youth of our country.”

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