The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has apologised for his comments against persons with disability.

Mr Bagbin, who is vying for the flagbearership position of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), at a meeting with members of the party in the Volta Region last week, attributed the poor performance of the party at the 2016 General Elections to some appointments made by former President John Mahama.

The Nadowli Kaleo Member of Parliament claimed that Mr Mahama’s appointment of Dr Omane Boamah; a stammerer, as Communications Minister and Dr Seidu Danaa; a visually impaired, as Chieftaincy Minister were in bad taste.

His comments were however met with criticisms by sections of the public; with some civil society organisations demanding an apology and his resignation from Parliament.


Addressing a press conference Tuesday, Mr Bagbin apologised, especially to persons living with disabilities for his comments.

He said however that he least expected his comments to cause emotions to rise among a section of the public and that he had been misconstrued by his opponents for political gains.

“I render my heartfelt apologies to you all. I want to take full responsibility for the indiscretion of going with issues that will otherwise be private to the NDC. I have learnt that such disclosure could raise emotions among some sections of the Ghanaian society,” he said.

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