Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has debunked rumours claiming he has another wife called Ramatu.
The alleged name popped up in Parliament during the swearing-in of President Akufo-Addo for his second term on January 7, 2021 when the Speaker Alban Bagbin acknowledged the supposedly strange Ramatu instead of 2nd Lady Samira Bawumia.
For the second time in parliament, the name Ramatu was chanted by the Minority Caucus when the Speaker attempted acknowledging the wife of the Vice President during the President’s State of the Nation Address.
In a statement issued on Friday by the Spokesperson of the Vice President, he stated that the reports circulating on social media should be ignored.
The statement said the Vice President has never been married to any other woman except his dear wife Samira.
“The Vice-President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has never met or seen this purported Ramatu let alone take her as a wife. She is a figment of the imagination of people trying hard to tarnish the image of the Vice-President for their own purposes.” The Statement said
The attention of the office of the Vice-President has been drawn to stories and pictures circulating of a woman supposedly named “Ramatu” who is being claimed as a wife of the Vice-President.
The office of the Vice-President the general public that the Vice-President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has never met or seen this purported Ramatu let alone take her as a wife. She is a figment of the imagination of people trying hard to tarnish the image of the Vice-President for their own purposes.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Vice- President has only one wife, his dear Samira Bawumia and they have been married for 17 years even though his religion permits him to marry up to four wives.
We ask the public to ignore the propaganda and deliberate falsehood.
Gideon Boako, Ph.D Spokesperson to the Vice President
They have been married for 16 years and celebrated that anniversary on February 14, 2020, but in a radio interview Monday afternoon, the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Samira Bawumia revealed that Dr Mahamudu Bawumia could not propose directly to her when they first met.
Explaining how they met, Mrs Samira Bawumia said she completed the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in the year 2000.
“We [me and Dr Bawumia] met years later… we met through mutual friends,” who introduced us and it was love at first sight.
According to her, Dr Bawumia was attracted to her the moment they first met and concluded he had met his soul mate, “a catch,” she said amidst laughter when she appeared on the Ekosii Sen radio programme on Accra based Asempa FM Monday afternoon [March 9, 2020], which was monitored by Graphic.
The couple has four children, three boys and one girl.