Vice Presidential nominee Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has vehemently dismissed allegations he is gay.
The nominee, who for the time being is still the Governor of the Bank of Ghana told members of Parliament’s Appointments Committee Monday, media reports suggesting he is gay, were nothing but a fabrication of some disgruntled persons who tried in vain to extort money from him.
Sections of the media have been questioning the sexuality of Mr Amissah-Arthur, suggesting he is a homosexual.
The accusations gained currency particularly in the past week since his nomination as vice to president John Mahama.
After days of such publications, the vice presidential nominee broke his silence for the first time on an issue thought to be very controversial and he minced no words, when he appeared before the vetting committee to rubbish the allegation.
Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joe Osei-Owusu brought up the issue during the vetting and asked if the nominee cared to comment.
Amissah-Arthur did and was vehement in his denial.
He told committee members the libelous reports against him were masterminded by an old school mate who fell out with him after he (Amissah-Arthur) refused to give him money.
‚ÄúIt is not true, it is absolutely not true. I have not seen this gentleman for 40 something years. I saw him once just for about two minutes.
He came to my house to ask for money and I gave him a little money and I have not seen him again.
‚ÄúIt absolutely cannot be true of the claims that are being made,‚ÄĚ he stated.
He said it had been difficult to take legal action to clear his name because his accusers avoided mentioning his name but instead, resorted to innuendos.
He suspected his accusers were seeking to blackmail in order to extort some money from him but he insisted he will not give a dime to any miscreant wanting to take advantage of him.