Haruna Iddrisu, Ato Forson Threaten To Sue Herald Over Bribery Allegation
NDC Members of Parliament for Tamale South and Ajumako Enyan Essiam, Haruna Iddrisu and Cassiel Ato Forson, have threatened to sue The Herald Newspaper if it fails to withdraw a publication suggesting their involvement in an alleged bribery scandal.
The Herald Newspaper in its September 3, 2021 edition, published a story with the headline: “CSO Names Haruna Iddrisu and Ato Forson in GNPC Bribery Scandal” where it made several damning claims against Haruna Iddrisu, Mr. Forson and some civil society groups.
Both MPs have however denied these allegations.
Mr. Iddrisu had insisted that the story was 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”.
A letter signed by the lawyer for the two MPs, James Mensah Kulley, also insisted that the allegations were false. “It is evident from the publication referred to that, they were made recklessly and maliciously without regard to the truth, with vicious intent to destroy the hard-earned reputations of my clients and to bring their name into disrepute, ridicule, and public hatred.”
The letter said the Herald Newspaper will be sued if it fails to withdraw the publication and render an unqualified apology.
“I am by this letter demanding that you publish a withdrawal of the publication referred to above and render an unqualified apology to my clients on or before the 6th of September, 2021. This rejoinder should be published in the same position and given equal prominence as the publication complained of in your paper.”
“Should you fail to publish a withdrawal of the said publication and render an unqualified apology to my clients, on or before the 6th of September, 2021, I have their further instructions without recourse to you, to commence legal action against you and your publishers to redeem the image of my clients,” the letter said.