Former Deputy Minister of Agriculture, William Quaitoo has revealed that he resigned to save the President, Nana Akufo-Addo from any dissatisfaction that might arise out of his offensive comment.
The Minister had described northerners as extortionists and difficult to deal with after some farmers had asked for compensation in the wake of the Fall Army-worm invasion.
The Deputy Minister was forced to resign following some intense pressure from the public over the unfortunate comment.
A statement from the Presidency acknowledged receipt of the resignation and wished him in his new endeavours.
“The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, this evening accepted the resignation from office of the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Hon. William Quaitoo, MP, which takes immediate effect. The President wished him the very best in his future endeavors.”
But in a text message to some close friends after tendering his resignation, the Akim Oda legislator said he took the decision in the interest of the party as he believes the interest of the party is paramount.
“Thank you all for your kind words. In addition to the sincere apology, I resigned to bring peace among all those who were offended and to save the President and the entire party from further rancour and disaffection.
“The party is bigger than any individual member. I pray for a better future for all of us. Good night.”