Mahama Ayariga has come under serious criticisms after he rendered an apology many have described as ‘insincere’.
The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central was asked to apologise after he was found to be in contempt of the house.
He had alleged that the Chairman of the Appointments Committee, Joseph Osei-Owusu, through the minority chief whip, Muntaka Mubarak, had tried to bribe minority members of the committee, but which he was not able to prove before an ad hoc committee set up to investigate the matter.
Per the recommendations of the committee, Mahama Ayariga was supposed to “render an unqualified apology to the House, purging himself of contempt’.
After several protestations, the former Sports Minister stated that “Mr. Speaker if you say I should apologise, I apologise.” This apology has however not been accepted by the majority in Parliament as well as some political pundits.
Speaking in an interview on Saturday during Newsfile programme on Joy News channel, Mahama Ayariga saw nothing wrong with his style of apology.
According to him, he was asked to apologise and so he did.
“There was a decision by parliament that I should apologise so I apologised…I apologised but I don’t know if the speaker accepted it or not…” he said.