Editor of Pro government newspaper Daily Guide Fortune Alimi has offered an apology to the Member of Parliament for Odododiodio constituency Nii Lante Vanderpuje for citing him in a news publication as being part of the 25 minority MPs accused of receiving double salary.
The Daily Guide in a news publication dated Tuesday, April 10, 2018 under the headline “MAHAMA MINISTERS IN DOUBLE SALARY SCANDAL” cited the former youth and sports minister among some 22 ministers in the erstwhile administration for allegedly receiving salaries as ministers and MPs at the same time contrary to the law.
However, Mr. Vanderpuje who was clearly peeved at what he descibes as a humiliation and an insult against his person stated that this was not the first time Daily Guide had published falsehood against him and has therefore sought the advise of his lawyers on the issue.
“If not Jerry Rawlings or John Mahama, it is Nii Lante Vanderpuje. If Daily Guide had their way, the name Nii Lante Vanderpuje would not exist. Since became active in politics, I have never seen a day that Daily Guide has published anything positive about me. My name is not part of the list so why will you put my picture on the front page of your paper that I have received double salary.” He stated on the ‘Maakye’ drive show on Hot93.9fm hosted by Boamah Darko.
Meanwhile, the editor of Daily Guide Newspaper Fortune Alimi said they only published the information they got hence they will correct any mistakes and apologise if need be to the MP.
“The information we received was that he (Nii Lante Vabderpuje) was involved in the scandal but if the honourable says he was not mentioned in the list from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) then we will correct that. Although the initial information we received stated 22 ministers, the minority in a press conference yesterday said tge list stated 25 ministers as being involved, so it is not as if we just invented the story. If we need to apologise we will, no problem about that.”
However, Fortune Alimi refuted allegations made by the lawmaker that Daily Guide loves to publish falsehood against him.