Since after Mr Kennedy Agyapong made the nasty sex-for-job allegation against Charlotte Osei, some groups and individuals have urged EC Boss to sue the MP.
The People’s National Convention (PNC) has urged Charlotte Osei to institute legal action against the Member of Parliament for the Assin North Constituency, Mr Kennedy Agyapong over the claim that she exchanged sex for her position as the EC Chairperson.
National Chairman of PNC, Bernard Mornah, said the comment of the controversial New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP does not only amount to a demonisation of the Commission but also cast a slur on the reputation of the Chairperson.
“If there are legal issues, I will advise Madam Charlotte Osei to go to court so that Kennedy Agyapong will be able to prove the case that she possibly exchanged sex for her position and who she exchanged that with,” he said.
Mr Kennedy Agyapong who is notorious for making scalding and controversial comments reportedly told NPP supporters at Asokwa, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region that the EC boss offered sex in exchange for the EC job.
This tongue-lashing of Ken Agyapong has triggered massive criticisms, especially from fellow politicians, rights and gender activists who have expressed their disappointment in the MP.
PNC condemned the attack on the EC chair describing it as needless especially from a member of Ghana’s legislator. Bernard Mornah said the PNC believes in the “efficacy of women” in the country to be deserving of whatever position they occupy. He also stressed that the EC boss is qualified to occupy her present position, adding that such statements from a Ghanaian legislator should never be disregarded.
“We are a party that believes that women have what it takes to lead their respective portfolios and we do not think women will necessarily have to offer themselves in exchange for positions.”
“We should not be disregarding statements like that coming from Member of our legislature. Parliament ought to ensure that its representatives whether in Parliament or outside comport themselves in the manner that will befit Ghana’s legislature.” “I don’t believe that this particular comment has inured to the goodwill of the people of Ghana and for that matter, Parliament should look and discipline its own,” he added.
Gender and Social Protection Minister, Nana Oye Lithur and Foreign Affairs Minister, Hannah Tetteh, have also called on the MP to apologize for his comments against Charlotte Osei and apologize.
Also reacting to the comment, Executive Director of Abantu for Development, Rose Mensah Kutin, says the legislator’s penchant for making disparaging comments must be reined in.
“We as women are tired of comments like that. This is a woman who is a professional. She has been given the position of Chair of the Commission, if we have issues with her performance, we need to deal with it as such. What a man and woman do in bed, if they are consenting adults, is nobody’s business,” she said.
Meanwhile, according to Joy News Parliamentary Correspond, Elton John Brobbey, the Minority, which Mr Agyapong is a part of, says it will not comment on the matter. However, the Majority and the Women Caucus are expected to issue a statement on the allegations.
Moreover, a Foreign Policy and Security Analyst, Mr. Adib Saani has described the Member of Parliament for Assin Central , Mr Kennedy Agyapong’s threat to the Electoral Commission (EC) as dangerous and tantamount to terrorism. Commenting on the development, Saani described the MP’s comment as an “act of terrorism.”
According to Saani, “terrorism is not only restricted to long beard men in turbines and masks wielding guns in Iraq or Syria, but can also be described as the calculated use of, or the threat of violence against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature.”
Saani recalled Former Transport Minister Dzifa Attivor’s speech in which she said the NPP is a tribal party bent on prosecuting only Ewes if it wins the general elections in November. According to him, “Utterances like this has far reaching security implications on the country and the West African sub region in general especially in an election year. Lessons can be learnt from Kenya, Ivory Coast and Central African Republic, among others that have had their share of violent conflicts sparked by tribal and divisive statements by politicians.”
Saani noted that, Section 207 of the 1960 criminal code (Act 29) criminalizes the use of threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior in any public place or at any public meeting.
As Mr Kennedy Agyapong’s insult of the EC Boss have received such wide condemnation, we are on the look out to see what comes up next. Will Charlotte Osei sue him as being directed? or will the MP on his own part regret his comments and apologize? We’ll keep you updated with turn out of events.