Dr. Gideon Boako, the Vice President’s spokesperson, has debunked social media rumors that Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia maintains British citizenship, despite holding the office of Vice President of Ghana.
Dr. Gideon Boako firmly asserted that Dr. Bawumia has never held British citizenship or any other citizenship throughout his life in a post on his Facebook page.
“The attention of the Office of the Vice President has been drawn to a malicious social media allegation that the Vice President holds a British citizenship while holding the office of Vice President, contrary to the laws of Ghana.
“We wish to state in clear terms that Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia does not hold British citizenship and has never held British or any other citizenship other than being a Ghanaian.”Dr. Gideon Boako
The claim, he said, should be regarded with the disdain it merits.
Sam Pee Yalley Claims Vice President Bawumia Is A British Citizen
According to Sam Pee Yalley, a former ambassador to India, claims that the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, allegedly has a British citizenship.
In an interview, Mr. Yalley stated that records to which he has access show that the Vice President of Ghana held British citizenship while working for the Bank of Ghana in the United Kingdom.
The Vice President, he said, never resigned his British citizenship and is therefore ineligible to occupy public office in Ghana, exactly as James Gyake Quayson, the former Member of Parliament for Assin North, who was expelled for failing to timely relinquish his Canadian citizenship.
“Do you know that the Bank of Ghana has had an international commercial bank in London for a long time? The Bank of Ghana normally sends directors there, and Bawumia was one of them.
“Now that the Supreme Court has decided that a person who holds dual citizenship cannot be a member of parliament, Bawumia’s record at the Bank of Ghana in London indicates that he is a British citizen. He was a British citizen way back in 2009 before ex-President Kufuor brought him to Ghana.”Sam Pee Yalley
He said that Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia was the director of the international bank and that there would be evidence that Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia had written that he was a British national if the records were cross-checked.
“One may ask whether Bawumia was a Director of that bank and whether he ever signed that he was a British citizen. If so, when did he renounce it?”Sam Pee Yalley
Sam Pee Yalley made these comments in response to the Supreme Court of Ghana’s decision regarding James Gyakye Quayson, a former member of parliament from Assin North.
On May 17, 2023, the Supreme Court issued an order directing the Ghanaian Parliament to remove James Gyakye Quayson’s designation as an MP.
In the Michael Ankomah Nimfah vs. James Gyakye Quayson case, the supreme court of the nation decided that Quayson was unable to run for office in 2020.
The court found that when the former Assin North MP filed his nomination to run in the 2020 general elections, he did not provide evidence that he had given up his Canadian citizenship.