- NDC MPs on the Appointments Committee have vowed to subject Akufo-Addo's nominees to thorough scrutiny
- This comes as party folks express fear that their lawmakers will be susceptible to inducements to pass the nominees without thoroughness
- President Akufo-Addo sent a list of 46 nominees to Parliament
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The deputy minority chief whip, Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah, has stated that the National Democratic Congress’ lawmakers on the Appointments Committee of Parliament will reject any form of inducements to pass any of the nominees announced by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Cudjoe-Ghansah’s remarks aim at dispelling the heightening fears among supporters and members of the largest opposition party that their lawmakers are susceptible to inducements to pass the nominees without thorough scrutiny.
“Nobody is going to take bribes from anybody,” she told Accra-based Starr FM on Monday, January 25, 2021. “We have vowed not to take any penny from anybody because we know how people struggled to get us where we are.”
President Akufo-Addo on Thursday, January 21, 2021, announced that he intends to have 46 Ministers in his second term.
He presented the list of the Ministers-designate to Parliament on the same day to kick in the vetting and approval processes.
It concludes 30 Ministers and 16 Regional Ministers, eight being women—six Ministers and two Regional Ministers.
Also, as part of his quest to cut down on his government size, the president scrapped the contentious Senior Minister Office as well as all the seven special Ministries he created in his first term.
Meanwhile, Koku Anyidoho, the founder of the Atta Mills Institute, praised President Akufo-Addo for drastically cutting down the size of his government in his second term in office.
According to the immediate past deputy general secretary of the NDC in a tweet sighted by YEN.com.gh, the president kept his word by thinning his administration size.
Akufo-Addo defeated John Mahama in the 2020 election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
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The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
He was sworn in on Thursday, January 7, 2021, for his second term before Ghanaians and dignitaries around the world amid a Supreme Court challenge to his victory by John Mahama, the flagbearer of the NDC in the election.
Mahama wants a rerun of the election between him and Akufo-Addo, stating that there was no winner contrary to the outcome declared by the Electoral Commission.
But, President Akufo-Addo rejected Mahama’s assertion that the presidential race should have gone to a runoff, describing it as “noise”.
Over 13 million Ghanaians voted in the Monday, December 7, 2021, election that saw him secure a second mandate.
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