- NDC supporters have been urged to remain calm following the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta
- He was recommended for approval by consensus
- It would be recalled NDC MPs in Parliament had to call for calm after they were scathingly criticised for passing all Akufo-Addo’s nominees
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The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, says the Appointments Committee’s consensus recommendation to Parliament for the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta as Ghana’s Finance Minister was strategic.
Parliament on Monday, March 29, 2021, approved the nomination of Ofori-Atta after two days of vetting.
Asiedu Nketia, who had earlier issued a statement calling for calm among the rank and file of the NDC following Ofori-Atta’s approval, told Accra-based Class91.3FM and monitored by YEN.com.gh that approving the finance minister is critical to NDC’s return to power.
He explained that Ofori-Atta is bound to create a “mess” at the ministry, brightening the NDC's chances of recapturing power in 2024.
It would be recalled that the NDC Caucus in Parliament asked for forgiveness after incurring the wrath of the party’s national communications officer for passing the ministerial nominees of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Sammy Gyamfi took the NDC MPs to the cleaners following the passage of all the president’s nominees including Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Hawa Koomson, and Afriyie Akoto.
In a Facebook post, Gyamfi said the party suffered “great betrayal” in the hands of Alban Bagbin, Haruna Iddrissu, and Muntaka Mubarak.
“The party has taken this position because we think that the interest of the NDC will be better served if the President insists on Ofori-Atta becoming the next Finance Minister because, as far as we are concerned, he has messed up so badly that it will inure to the benefit of the NPP if they had a new face but once they have chosen to maintain him, he should be there, continue the mess, which will then pave the way for the NDC to come to power,” Asiedu Nketia said.
In other news, Asiedu Nketia has been appointed to serve on the Parliamentary Service Board (PSB).
He was appointed by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban S.K. Bagbin, who is also the chairman of the PBS.
Still, in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has recanted his earlier statement that Nana Asante Bediatuo unilaterally wrote the letter slashing the budget estimates for the legislature and the judiciary.
There was a Ghs77million and over Ghs119million slash in the estimates presented by the Judiciary and Judicial Service and the Legislature respectively.
The presidency said the decision to slash the estimates was necessitated by the country’s current economic challenges.
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