Resign If You Are Principled - Sports Minister Tells Bagbin

Deputy Sports Minister has called on the former Majority Leader in Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, to resign since his principle is at variance with government. According to him, given Mr. Bagbin's claims the Mahama-led administration is not committed to fighting corruption in the country, “he must quit for people to take him serious”. Joseph Yamin was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday. The former Majority leader, who is also one of the three wise men in charge of government priority projects, incurred the wrath of some government appointees following his public criticism of President John Mahama. The Nadowli-Kaleo Member of Parliament questioned the President’s commitment to fighting corruption. He also complained about his inability to meet President Mahama in order to offer him private counsel. He has received some flak for his outburst with many questioning his loyalty to the President. Joseph Yamin, who is the latest to join the fray said he is disappointed in the conduct of the former Majority leader. He intimated that Alban Bagbin as one of the wise men in government should know that such sensitive issues are not addressed in public. The Deputy Sports Minister could not fathom why Mr. Bagbin is still at post, when he knew government was doing nothing to tackle corruption. “If you [Bagbin] think this government is bad, don’t stay in and talk because when you stay in, it means you are thinking about your salary. Whether you insult or not, you will be paid so stay out for us to know you are principled”, he intimated. Joseph Yamin reiterated the Mahama-led administration's commitment to fighting corruption especially in relation to the infamous Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Agency (GYEEDA) saga. He therefore disclosed that the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), ordered by the President to handle the issue, has concluded it investigations and those found culpable are being arraigned before court. “If you want to help fight corruption, you can only do that with your own party in government”, he added. The Deputy Minister said claims that President Mahama lacked the will to fighting corruption was wrong because serious measures are being taken for the culprits to face the full rigorous of the law. “He [Bagbin] is my MP, I’m close to him so I don’t have any ill-motive against him but if it were me, I would have left”, Joseph Yamin stressed, believing that the recent outburst by Alban Bagbin was an agenda to frustrate the Mahama-led administration.