Claim: Gabby Otchere-Darko defends family members appointed into government
Source: Viral flyer
Researched by Sedem Kwasigah
On January 18, 2024, GhanaFact through its monitoring came across a post on X/ Twitter attributed to a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko.
A visual card with the picture of Mr Otchere-Darko in the background quoted him as saying: “Our grandfather was sensible enough to educate all his grandchildren, so all of us are well educated, that’s why Akufo-Addo appointed a lot of his family members into his government.”
A screenshot of the post on X/Twitter
GhanaFact while investigating this claim came across a short video excerpt of an interview Gabby Otchere-Darko granted Starr FM’s personality profile show – Starr Chat on January 18, 2024, which has generated a lot of social media conversation.
The full one-hour, forty-six-minute long interview has been published on Starr FM’s Facebook page and some 24 minutes into the interaction, Gabby mounted a defence of the President’s decision to appoint members of his family into government. He partly said:
“Look, my grandfather had over hundred children and we have his diaries. In his diary, he made sure he educated his children. I am making a point. My point is that when you look, Susana Ofori-Attah, there are a lot of people, he took his time, he spent resources to educate his children… there are over a hundred of them. It’s a family that many of its members have dedicated their lives to public service, so naturally, they get into politics, they get into public service, and not all of us, just a few of us are into politics, a lot are into banking, doctors, nurses, they are in all manner of places, but there are so many of us and because they got education early, at a time that only a minority of Ghanaians were getting education, it gave them if you like, to a point, a head start.”
However, GhanaFact checks show nowhere in the interview did Gabby say what has been attributed to him on the flyer.
A screengrab of the debunk published by Starr FM
A screengrab of the debunk published by GhOne TV
The claim attributed to Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko on the viral visual card is misleading.