Haruna Iddrisu to sue a media firm over bribery allegation - CastinoStudios

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Haruna Iddrisu to sue a media firm over bribery allegation - CastinoStudios 

The minority leader of parliament Haruna Iddrisu has given The Herald newspaper a 24-hour ultimatum to retract its publication that suggested that he was involved in a bribery scandal and apologizes to him.

He threatened to sue the media firm when they fail to retract and apologize to him.

Haruna Iddrisu released a statement on Friday to deny the claim by the newspaper, saying its publication was not only malicious but also politically motivated and has the potential to divide the Minority Caucus in Parliament which he leads.

The newspaper has reported that some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have named the Tamale South MP and Ato Forson in a GNPC bribery scandal.

“The said publication is nothing but falsehood calculated at tarnishing my hard-won reputation and to bring me into disrepute and public opprobrium. It also exposes the general lack of knowledge and understanding of the workings of Parliament,” Haruna Iddrisu said in the statement.

“It is also a premeditated effort to place a wedge among us as the Minority Group, cause disunity within our Caucus and make us incapable of holding government accountable for its policies and decisions – which is one of our key responsibilities.

“The fact that the writer mysteriously omitted his by-line shows his or her malevolent intent and points to the fact that the publication is a fabrication.

“I wonder why the writer will want to hide under the cloak of anonymity if he or she were confident of the news story.”

He hinted that he has instructed his lawyers “to assess all possible grounds that this publication offers for a legal suit against The Herald newspaper, the writer of the story and all the hidden faces behind such a wicked and politically motivated publication; against my person.”

The MP for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam Constituency Cassiel Ato Forson who The Herald newspaper named in the said publication has also issued a similar statement with the same threat of a lawsuit.

Meanwhile, speaking in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM on Friday, the Editor of the newspaper Larry Dogbey could not state specifically that his outfit would retract the “malicious” publication and apologize to the two lawmakers, but bragged that The Herald newspaper was not scared of a defamation lawsuit.

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