Politics of Tue, 31 Jul 201888
'I was deceived to endorse Mahama' - Joseph Bipoba Naabu
A Member of Parliament for Yunyoo constituency in the Northern region has revealed he was deceived into signing the endorsement for former President John Mahama.
Joseph Bipoba Naabu said he signed the supposed JM endorsement paper because he thought it was an attendance sheet to check absenteeism in Parliament.
His comment supports an allegation by former MP for La Dadekotopon, Nii Amasah Namoale that the supposed 94 MPs who endorsed Mr. Mahama were blackmailed.
He also claimed those who really signed were only six but did so after they were promised ministerial positions in future.
However, MP for Bulsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak who is leading the MPS4JM campaign denied the claims insisting that, the MPs signed willingly.
But on Asempa FM Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday, a livid Joseph Naabu said the “JM boys perpetuated fraud on me”.
He explained that, when the list was being passed round on the floor of the House, they were not told it was to endorse former President Mahama.
Rather, the Yunyoo MP indicated that, it was after they had signed when deputy Energy Minister, John Jinapor and others came to his office and told him the list was to endorse JM.
“I was very furious because they deceived me into signing something I don’t believe in. I have endorsed Alban Bagbin and I believe he is the right person to lead the NDC in 2020” he added.
Hon. Joseph Naabu said a vote for former President Mahama eill be politically suicidal to the NDC’s agenda of winning power in 2020.
“Even in my constituency, they can’t convince anyone to vote for Mahama how much more me. These JM boys should stop this negative propaganda. on the day of elections, all these boys will sleep early” he scoffed.