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Politics of Wednesday, 22 August 2018


Otiko feels used and dumped – Atubiga

Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential hopeful, Stephen Atubiga is of the view that the immediate past Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister is right to decline president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s ambassadorial position.

He described her dropping from the ministerial list and subsequent reassignment as an ambassador as a demotion of a kind.

“Otiko Djaba being moved as a minister to an ambassadorial position is a demotion because she is going to work under someone and looking at the relationship she has with the President, I don’t think she is happy", he asserted.

“I think she is standing out for herself and saying that she cannot be used and dumped. She feels dumped and that is why she had to quit and I think she has a case,” he said on Accra-based radio, Neat FM, monitored by

President Akufo-Addo after reshuffling some members of his government for the first time, designated Madam Otiko Djaba as Ghana’s Ambassador to Italy.

But the former minister has announced she would rather spend time taking care of her ex-husband who has been down with a stroke rather take up the ambassadorial job.

The immediate past Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection who was thrown out of office in the President’s first reshuffle revealed to Daily Graphic in an interview that she’s calling it quits from active politics to enable her to enjoy her family life.

“At 56 years, I want to relax and enjoy my family and life, therefore, I am not ready to take up the appointment as Ambassador to Italy,” she said.

Otiko explained that she was leaving politics to care for her sick ex-husband.

“I am the one who has been taking care of him since he got sick and I cannot abandon him now,” she noted.

But Stephen Atubiga added that he doesn’t have a problem with her decision to quit politics if she feels it’s time to move on.

He insists people should look at the genuine concerns she has raised and understand her.