Vice Presidential nominee Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has vehemently dismissed allegations he is gay.
The nominee told Parliament's Appointments Committee Monday, media reports suggesting he is gay, were nothing but a fabrication by some disgruntled persons who tried to extort money from him.
There were reports in sections of the media that Mr Amissah-Arthur is a homosexual. The allegations gained currency particularly in the past week following his nomination as vice to president John Mahama.
After days of such publications, the vice presidential nominee responded to the allegations for the first time when he appeared before the Appointments Committee.
The Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joe Osei-Owusu brought up the issue during the vetting and asked if the nominee cared to comment.
He told committee members the libelous reports against him were masterminded by an old school mate who fell out with him after he (Amissah-Arthur) refused to give him money.
“It is not true, it is absolutely not true. I have not seen this gentleman for 40 something years. I saw him once just for about two minutes. He came to my house to ask for money and I gave him a little money and I have not seen him again.
“It absolutely cannot be true of the claims that are being made,” he stated.
He said it had been difficult to take legal action to clear his name because his accusers avoided mentioning his name and instead, resorted to innuendos.
He suspected his accusers were seeking to blackmail him in order to extort some money from him but he insisted he will not give a dime to any miscreant wanting to take advantage of him.