President John Dramani Mahama has finally relieved Victoria Hammah of her post as Deputy Minister of Communications after another gaffe.
It comes on the heels of a leaked audio recording which has since been christened Vickyleaks and Victoria secrets in which a voice purported to be that of Victoria Hammah was heard making stunning revelations about some happenings in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.
The Deputy Minister has since gone incommunicado, avoiding any comment in the media. However, her driver, Lawrence Quayson, who is her cousin, was arrested by the police and granted bail after spending a night at the police station, in connection with the leaked tape.
A terse statement issued by government and signed by Information and Media Relations Minister, Mahama Ayariga said His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama has relieved Ms Victoria Hammah, Deputy Minister of Communications of her post as Deputy Minister.
At the time of the press statement, Vicky had not been informed about her dismissal. She only checked her email and found a correspondence relieving her of her appointment.
Sources close to her indicated that no government official called her to find out what really happened.
The tape went viral Thursday afternoon when it was made public on Neat FMs afternoon political show hosted by Adakabre Frimpong-Manso, raising eyebrows among government officials.
In the said tape, Victoria was heard telling her aunt Adwoa Agyepong, as they were riding in a car together, that she wanted to make not less than $1million before quitting politics.
Until then, the sacked Deputy Minister said she would play the game safe without having issues with any of her superiors in order to achieve her aim, since if you have money then you can control people.
She was heard gossiping about some of her colleague Ministers and their Deputies, particularly Rachel Appoh, Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, who recently had problems with her boss, Nana Oye Lithur, who also happens to be wife of President Mahamas lawyer Tony Lithur, in the infamous election petition hearing.
The 32-minute recording of the two ladies who appeared to be travelling while engaged in the conversation, contains inside information about the workings of government and the role Nana Oye Lithur played in securing a favourable verdict for the NDC in the case.
A day before the Supreme Court ruling on the infamous election petition, Ms Hammah alleged that Nana Oye Lithur saw some judges before the election verdict was delivered, raising questions about the credibility of the Justice Atuguba-led Supreme Court panel which ruled on the matter.
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has asked Chief Justice Georgina Wood to probe the allegation of judges being influenced before arriving at the verdict.
The sacked minister was also heard talking about how powerful lawyer Tony Lithur is, having influence and control of not less than three government Ministries, which she failed to mention.
During the conversation, Victoria Hammah also made very disparaging comments about Rachel Apoh who seems to be having a running battle with her sector Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, describing Rachel as a senseless, ugly, loud and egoistic woman for supposedly instigating bad press against the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection.
She wondered why Rachel could not control her ego even though in her (Vickys) opinion, she (Rachel) was a nobody and not influential like herself, boasting that my appointment was solid way back. So, what does it tell you? That even in terms of influence, Ive more influence than you Rachel. Even you who won your seat, they have crammed you, two (with Sena Okity-Duah), in the Gender (ministry).
And you wont seek wisdom. The moment you lose your ministerial job, you loseyour might and influence. Then you become unpopular in your constituency. When somebody contests against you, you see that your place is in trouble. Then youll be done, youre finished, she narrated.
I sat her (Rachel) in front of Omane (Boamah, Minister of Communications) defending Rachel for one hour. She had a problem and then, everybody had opinion about her. I made her look good in front of Omane and the other ministers. Then, in front of the First Lady (Lordina), you want to ditch me. Let her sit there. She thinks politics is a joke.
The deposed Deputy Minister could not fathom why and how her colleague wanted the now powerful Nana Oye Lithur out.
You want to fight Oye Lithur. Tony Lithur controls three Ministries. That Rachel is not wiseTony Lithur has been the friend of the Rawlingses, been a friend to President John (Mahama), now and his wife. I learnt even before the verdict, Nana (Oye Lithur) was with the Justices and all that. You dont know the role she has played for us to win the court case. Then, you want to use your lack of intelligence to push her out, she spoke lowly of Rachel.
For her, this was virtually impossible since Tony Lithur and John Mahama, theyve got an alliance. They are allies, you understand? They defend each other. Rachel, who do you have?
Lawrence Quayeson, Victoria Hammahs driver, was released by the police after spending nearly 24 hours in cells at the Mile 7 Police Station in Accra.
The-34-year-old driver was picked up by a police patrol team yesterday evening and detained at the Mile 7 Police Station, Achimota in Accra.
The Greater Accra Police PRO, DSP Freeman Tettey told Joy FM that Quayeson was picked up following an official complaint lodged by the former Deputy Minister for secretly recording her conversation.
The suspect was released about 5:00pm after he was bailed by hisfather.
The District Commander of the Mile 7 Police Station, DSP Peter Yembilla told Joy News that Lawrence Quayeson was released without any specific charge preferred against him.
Quayeson has told Joy News thathe stays with Ms. Victoria Hammah and was going straight to the former deputy ministers house to parkhis belongings and leave the house.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu
- john mahama
- chief justice
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- oye lithur
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