Communications Director of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akomea, says the MP for Assin Central, has been advised by the party to apologise to the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission for his disparaging comments against her.
He says the party did not only see the comment as “unfortunate” but also found it “regrettable” hence the decision to have Kennedy Agyapong apologise.
“The party has engaged him [Mr Agyapong] in the matter and the party has urged him to do the honourable thing,” he said on Joy FM/MultiTV news analysis programme, Newsfile Saturday.
Mr Agyapong, while addressing some NPP faithful, accused the EC Chair Charlotte Osei, of trading sex for her position.
The comment triggered severe backlash from leading female politicians and gender activists with some calling on parliament to have the outspoken NPP MP punished. A demonstration was also organised by some NDC women peeved at the sex-for-job comment.
Executive Director of the Ark Foundation, Angela Dwamena Aboagye, described the comment made by the MP as “unacceptable”.
Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Kweku Baako, was convinced the MP’s comment denigrate both Parliament and the NPP as a whole. “It is not good PR or public image for the party which Kennedy Agyapong belongs to,” he said.
The MP’s party, the NPP, also came under severe attack with some persons accusing the flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of countenancing the behaviour of the Mr Agyapong.
Weeks later, the MP said his comment was a joke. Speaking on Adom FM, he said he was not expecting the media to hype it as it was done.
Mr Akomea said the NPP equally reprimanded the MP contrary to what is believed by some sections of Ghanaians.“There is no doubt this comment against women is terribly unfortunate,” he said.
He, however, believes the latest reaction of Mr Agyapong regarding the comment means he had regretted but says “I wish he would have done the honourable thing to apologise”.