General News of Sunday, 6 January 2013
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Mumuni has denied media reports that he has rejected the position of first Deputy Speaker of Parliament offered him by his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Speaking to Joy News, the MP-elect for Kumbungu said he is yet to be officially approached for the position of first Deputy Speaker of parliament by his party.
He further stated that it is only when he is approached by the party that he would consider accepting the position or not.
According to the media reports, after Alhaji Mumuni's rejected the position of first Deputy Speaker, the NDC was compelled to replace him with Cape Coast MP and Deputy Attorney General, Ebo Barton Oduro.
The media reports were however not able to give reasons for the Kumbungu MP-elect's rejection but quoted insiders as saying he was unhappy he was being asked to serve under Edward Doe Adjaho, who has been nominated by the NDC leadership to become the next Speaker of Parliament.
"Hon Mumuni sees Hon Adjaho as his junior and more so he seems to believe that the position of Deputy Speaker is inferior to the post of both Foreign Affairs Minister and former Vice Presidential Candidate in the 2004 elections," a senior party disclosed to Accra-based Citi FM.