The Minority in Parliament has come under strong criticism for calling the widow of the late Emmanuel Kyerematen Agyarko ‘Bloody Widow’ during her swearing-in ceremony as an MP.
Lydia Seyram Alhassan, one of the spouses of the late MP emerged as the winner of the January 31 bye-election in Ayawaso West Wuogon. Voting was marred by gunshots, beatings, blood and broken legs.
Lydia Seyram Alhassan won massively with 64% of the valid votes cast. The Minority staged a walkout during her swearing in on the floor of Parliament while bearing placards stating ‘Bloody Widow’.
The Majority demanded an apology saying the former had attacked women and widows.
But the Minority Spokesperson for Communication, Alhaji A. B. A. Fuseini speaking to journalists last Friday, indicated that they will not apologize.
“How can we ask her to forgive us, she should keep her forgiveness. We’ve not asked her for forgiveness,” he said.
He reiterated: “Nobody in the Minority has asked her for forgiveness, because nobody in the Minority has sinned against her. If I haven’t sinned against you, how do I ask for forgiveness?”.
Alhaji A.B.A. Fuseini added that Lydia Alhassan made a weak statement by suggesting that the Minority sinned and that she had forgiven them.
“The grandfather of the person who will render the apology is not yet born,” Fuseini stated.
The Minority boycotted the swearing-in of the widow of Emmanuel Kyerematen Agyarko in protest of the violence that rocked the by-election held last week Thursday.
Prior to walking out of the swearing-in ceremony, the minority waved papers which read “bloody widow,” an action NDC’s Kumbungu MP, Ras Mubarak defended.
But Lydia Alhassan who visited some of the victims who were wounded as a result of the violent eruptions at the by-election said she has forgiven the Minority for the slur.
“I don’t know what their interest is but I will say that I have forgiven them and I ask our good Lord to forgive all of them. Time will heal my wounds and time will tell my story,” the MP said.