While expressing his utter disappointment, the 1st Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu has justified his decision to seek redress in a law court over claims that he deceived chiefs in his constituency by presenting them with dud cheques.
“In this world, I live for nothing other than my integrity because I have nothing more. I could have brought him before the privileges committee because that was denigrating a sitting Member of Parliament but I chose to go to court”, the Bekwai legislator justified a lawsuit against the broadcast journalist, Captain Godsbrain Blessed Smart Yirankyi otherwise known within the media circles as Captain Smart.
The vociferous broadcaster failed to retract his claims that the legislator was deceiving chiefs in his constituency by presenting them with dud Cheques.
When asked while speaking on Ultimate FM in Kumasi, monitored by MyNewsGh.com, whether he would be kowtowing to pressure from some respected individuals to withdraw the case with an apology from Smart, the Deputy Speaker insisted he would forgive anyone for anything but would fight for his integrity with his life.
“I sued him and his radio station but the station has come to apologize. They spoke through someone I respect deeply and I couldn’t refuse so I agreed to discontinue against the station. For him, I insist that let him go to court and apologize so that the records will show that he admitted he was wrong,” the MP said
“The chief of the community himself held a press conference to say you are lying. The lawyer gave out a hundred thousand cedis and that is what we are using to do this so please apologize to him. He went on to repeat it and I am deeply offended.” the MP popularly known as Joewise told host, Julius Caesar Anadam indicating he had had a course to ignore Captain Smart for several disparaging remarks the broadcaster directed at him because of some good work he was noticed for in his days at Fox FM.
Joewise, therefore, contended that he would not settle for anything less than a court record clearing his name and making it clear that the broadcaster lied.