Former Communications Minister, Omane Boamah, has described as lies, an explanation offered by aspiring NDC flagbearer, Alban Bagbin who has attacked persons with disabilities.

At a press conference to explain his initial comments, described mostly as controversial, Mr Bagbin said he only criticised John Mahama for putting intelligent people in wrong ministerial portfolios.

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Mr Bagbin had criticised former President Mahama for appointing Dr Seidu Danaa who is visually impaired to head the Chieftancy ministry which traditional rulers found disturbing.

The Nadowli-Kaleo MP also chided the former president for appointing an NDC MP, Okudzeto Ablakwa whose university results were withheld for some time to be appointed a deputy minister of Education.

The aspiring flagbearer also said the communications ministry was not the best of portfolios for a stammerer like Dr Omane Boamah even though he agrees he may be an intelligent person.

Ghana’s longest-serving MP apologised for comments in a press conference, describing them as an “indiscretion” on his part, adding that the comments were not an attack on such persons but rather criticism of the wisdom exercised by the former President Mahama.

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But in a tweet moments after the press conference, Omane Boamah said Bagbin is only trying to lie his way out of a mistake.

Omane Boamah tweet

Omane Boamah, a protege of former President Mahama has also challenged the two-time Majority leader and long-serving Minority leader in Parliament to a public debate.

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Alban Bagbin who has been in Parliament since 1993 has not responded to the offer but he has expressed delight at the response of NDC members in the Volta Region when he visited and made the initial controversial comments.

Bagbin has been upbeat about his chances of leading the NDC into the 2020 general elections but faces John Mahama who is seeking a return to lead the NDC.

The veteran politician has not shied away from taking on his former boss and has called him a “reckless driver” who drove the party into defeat in 2016.

The NDC suffered the worst defeat since its inception in July 1992.

After winning the 2012 general elections with 50.7% in 2012, President Mahama lost the 2016 elections with 44.4% lower than John Evans Atta Mills’ 44.6 in 2004.