Last Friday, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Joseph Tetteh, finally tendered in his resignation letter to President Akufo-Addo, confirming earlier reports that, he was leaving the government.
According to his letter, he had to resign, because his job as a Deputy Minister was conflicting with his position as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Upper Manya Krobo.
But The Herald, has gathered that, Mr Tetteh’s decision to quit his post was just a smokescreen, because there is an untold reason.
His resignation comes on the heels of another son of the soil, Boakye Agyarko, who was removed from government after he reportedly “misled” the president in the controversial AMERI deal.
Shortly thereafter, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba, who is from the same area as Mr Agyarko, left the Akufo-Addo government after rejecting an ambassadorial appointment to Italy, following a reshuffle which got her removed as minister.
Suspicions are rife that, the decision by Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Joseph Tetteh, to also leave the Akufo-Addo government is in line with a grand agenda to build an army led by ex-Minister, Energy Boakye Agyarko, to contest President Akufo-Addo during the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) search for its 2020 flagbearer.
According to Head of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, the dismissal of Boakye Agyarko, had everything to do with the renegotiated deal. He quoted the president as saying, the decision to sack Agyarko was in the “best interest of the country, as well as the administration.”
The decision to oust Mr Agyarko, reportedly did not go down well with the former Minister’s folks in Kroboland, who at some pointed wanted to demonstrate against President Akufo-Addo.
They had earlier been angry at the relocation of the Eastern University campus from Somanya to Bunso in the East Akim Municipal District of the Eastern Region. The university was conceived and situated in Somanya by the John Mahama government.
Mr Tetteh, is said to be one of the ‘boys’ or an upcoming politician, who looks up to Mr Agyarko. As a result, he was said to be hurt by the sudden turn of event.
The Deputy Regional Minister’s resignation letter surfaced in the media days after Mr Agyarko was sacked, but he vehemently denied ever authoring it.
In fact, some media houses which contacted him, say he refuted knowledge of the letter and said it was the work of his detractors, only to learn last Friday that he has resigned.
In his letter, the Deputy Minister, explained he had to let go of his position, because he wants to concentrate on his parliamentary duties.
According to him, since his seat was the only one the NPP won in the Krobo area, it was crucial for him to focus on retaining it in 2020, hence his decision to leave government.
As if the presidency had been waiting for the resignation letter forever, a statement announcing it said, President Akufo-Addo, had nominated a lecturer at the Koforidua Technical University (KTU), Samuel Nuertey Ayertey, to replace Mr Tetteh.
Mr Samuel Ayertey, the deputy minister-designate, was also the NPP’s parliamentary candidate for the Lower Manya Krobo constituency in the Eastern Region in the 2016 general elections.
“The President is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the vetting of the new Deputy Minister-designate for the Eastern Region so that he can assume office as quickly as possible,” the statement added.
President Akufo-Addo thanked Mr. Tetteh for his service to the nation, and assured him of his continuous support to enable him to retain the Upper Manya Krobo seat in the 2020 elections.
Before Deputy Eastern Minister’s resignation, another Krobo, had also in the same week shockingly resigned from active politics to take care of the her ex-husband.
Madam Otiko Afisah Djaba, rejected appointment to Italy as Ghana’s Ambassador after a reshuffle by the President, removed her from the Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry.
She told the media, she had to leave politics because she wants to take care of her sick ex-husband who was down with stoke.
“At 56 years, l want to relax and enjoy my family and life and, therefore, l am not ready to take up the appointment as Ambassador to Italy,” she said.
Explaining further why she declined the offer, Ms Djaba said she was bowing out of politics to take care of her former husband who had had stroke for the past six years.
“I am the one who has been taking care of him since he got sick and I cannot abandon him now,” she said.
But The Herald, has gathered that the reasons given particularly by Mr Tetteh and Madam Djaba, are mere smokescreen as the Krobos in the governing NPP are peeved with the government.
Sources say, the removal of Mr Agyarko, who was the only Krobo in Cabinet, has angered the folks, coupled with the throwing of the former NPP National Women Organizer to Italy, has left them with no choice, than to come together and teach the government a bitter lesson.
Already, the NPP, is not popular in that part of the Eastern Region, reason why the party won a seat in that area for the first time since 1992.
If indeed, Mr Tetteh’s resignation is for Agyarko to build army against President Akufo-Addo, the coming days will be interesting.