‘Bloody Widow’ Placard: I’m Not Ashamed . . . Akufo-Addo And His Govt. Should Be - Agalga Replies Adom Otchere

The host of ‘Good Evening Ghana’ on Metro TV, Paul Adom Otchere has been taken to the cleaners as Builsa North lawmaker, Hon. James Agalga has sounded a word of caution to him to stay away from his hard won reputation.

The host of Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV, Paul Adom Otchere, has condemned the Minority in parliament for their highest level of disdain in welcoming Lydia Seyram Alhassan, the newly elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wuogon, with placards inscribed ‘Bloody Widow’.

Paul Adom Otchere was of the view that walking out of parliament in registering a protest is something that is acceptable as ‘normal’ parliamentary practice, but to put out a poster to call a colleague MP ‘bloody widow’ is uncalled for.

“The honourable James Agalga should be ashamed of himself,” he stated on his ‘Good Evening Ghana’ show on Metro TV.

But reacting to the comment on Radio Gold’s ’Alhaji and Alhaji’ political talk show, Hon. Agalga replied “Let me use this medium to remind my good friend Paul Adom Otchere that I am not ashamed of myself. In fact, if there is anybody who should be ashamed of himself, it is the NPP government, it is President Akufo-Addo. It is Bryan Acheampong and the entire national security set up who should bow down their heads in shame for unleashing brutality on the innocent Ghanaians who poured out on 31st January to cast their votes. They are the ones who should apologise to the good people of Ghana.”

He entreated Paul Adom Otchere to take time to study parliamentary practice and procedure to know that their behaviour to Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan is part of their tools that they can deploy at anytime they think things have not gone right.

“After all, brandishing placards is normal parliamentary practice and so if Paul Adom Otchere is not aware, I will entreat him to take time of his busy schedule and study parliamentary practice and procedure and when he has done that he would come to the realisation that what we did on that occasion is part of our tools that can be deployed at anytime to register our decent whenever we think things have not gone right,” he chided.

He insisted that Parliamentary history is replete with instances when members felt agitated and brandish placards to drum home messages; warning that “let Paul Adom Otchere seize that opportunity to denigrate my hard won reputation and image. I will like to send those words of caution to my good friend Paul Adom Otchere.”

He however wondered why people are quick to single the Minority in Parliament out and attack them for brandishing the ‘bloody widow’ placard of the newly sworn-in MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan, without first condemning the brutality meted out to innocent Ghanaians in the constituency.

He justified the action of the Minority in Parliament by saying the Hon. Lydia Alhassan was the beneficiary of the brutality that was meted out to the innocent Ghanaians who came out to vote; hence their inscription “bloody widow”.