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NOBODY FORCED THE PRESIDENT TO REINSTATE THE DEPUTY SPORTS MINISTER- VOLTA REGIONAL MINISTER

Volta Regional Minister, Archibald Lesta, believes that President Nana Akufo-Addo was not forced to reinstate Pius Hadzide as the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports.

Speaking on Pink FM’s current affairs programme ‘Omanbapa Kasa’, He disclosed that the president followed the necessary process to reinstate Pius Hadzide. The Minister condemned early claims which stated that the President was coerced to take that decision.

“There was nothing like that, nobody will force His Excellency, I don’t think any Youth group can put pressure on the President to do what he doesn’t want to do”, he implied.

According to the Honourable, the president announced the reinstatement of the Deputy Minister during the National Delegates Congress of New Patriotic Party (NPP) held in Koforidua on Saturday, even before he left for the Volta Region.

He added, “Nana Addo couldn’t have possibly been forced to do that for any ulterior motive attached to it”.

The Regional Minister when questioned if the President did that to please the people in order to win votes from Volta Region, he said the process was followed to reinstate as the country is govern by laws and nobody can go scot-free if he or she is found guilty of a crime.

However, he revealed that the people in the Volta Region are happy over the reinstatement of the Deputy Sports Minister and want to thank the president for following the law and process in reinstating the Deputy Sports Minister.

Dr. Lesta further indicated that, the visit by the President to the Volta Region was a very successful one and they are in process of gathering votes from the Volta for the 2020 General elections.

BACKGROUND

The president in early reports has reinstated the deputy sports minister, Pius Enam Hadzide and the Chairperson of the National Sports Authority Kwadwo Baah Agyeman. The two were suspended over their alleged involvement in a visa scandal during the Commonwealth Games held in Australia in April this year where some 60 persons were arrested and repatriated for bearing false identities.

STATEMENT FROM THE PRESIDENCY

Nana Akufo-Addo asked the officials to step aside and constituted investigations into the allegations. But in a statement on Monday, the president said following the investigations both Pius and Kwadwo Baah have been exonerated.

In a statement, Mr Hadzide said he knows nothing about the scandal or how the 60 people who faked their identities got visas to Australia for the games. “After the investigations, they’ll realise that I know nothing about it and I’ll be exonerated, he said.

PIUS HADZIDE EXONERATED

Meanwhile, a former District Chief Executive of Akatsi North, James Gunu, has questioned the sincerity of President Akufo-Addo’s decision to lift the suspension on Deputy Sports Minister, Pius Hadzide. James Gunu was on the view that the President only lifted the suspension because he is due to tour the Volta region on official duties. Again, he raised issue that the president only lifted the suspension because of the youth of the region were threatening to protest the suspension of Pius Hadzide.

Story by: Elizabeth Adomah/ pinkfmonlinegh.com

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