- Isaac Adongo stayed away from the floor of Parliament during Ken Ofori-Atta’s approval
- He said Ofori-Atta epitomises all the challenges of the economy
- The MP said the reason given for approving the finance minister is saddening
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Isaac Adongo has slammed his colleague NDC Members of Parliament for approving Ken Ofori-Atta as Ghana’s Finance Minister.
According to the NDC Bolgatanga Central lawmaker, the finance minister “epitomises all that is wrong with our financial sector.”
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, explained in seconding the motion for the approval of Ofori-Atta on the floor of Parliament on Monday that the consensus recommendation by the Appointments Committee was strategic.
The move, he said was to ensure Ofori-Atta carries his own cross of economic mismanagement—an explanation welcomed by the NDC’s General Secretary, John Asiedu Nketia.
Asiedu Nketia said approving the finance minister is critical to NDC’s return to power because he is bound to create a “mess” at the ministry, brightening the NDC’s chances of recapturing power in 2024.
Adongo is however not convinced by the reasons given by the minority leader and the NDC’s hierarchy.
He said he is extremely saddened by the conduct of his colleagues thus, his decision to stay away from the floor.
“I didn’t want to be seen as endorsing somebody I believe is a scam on Ghana. That's why I was absent and if there's anyone who'll put his life on the line for Ken Ofori-Atta not to be finance minister, you can wake me up,” he told Accra-based Starr FM.
In other news, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, thanked Ghanaians for their inestimable support before, during, and after the 2020 general elections.
In a tweet sighted by YEN.com.gh that, Mensa said the support she had from Ghanaians helped her in organising free, fair, transparent, and “credible” elections.
“I do thank you for following me. With your support, together we can ensure that every election process is Free, Fair, Transparent, Peaceful, and Credible.
“Thank you once again and may God bless our homeland, Ghana, and make our nation great and strong,” the tweet read.
Mensa declared President Akufo-Addo as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
According to her December 9, 2020, declaration, the president defeated former President John Dramani Mahama in the said election to secure another four-year term; collecting 51.302% of the votes cast against the latter’s 47.359%.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
Mahama, however, rejected the outcome of the election and petitioned the Supreme Court, praying it to annul the results declared by the chairperson of the EC.
He argued that there was no winner in the election and that a rerun must be ordered between him and the president.
After 17 days of sittings including five days of pre-trial, the Supreme Court on Day 18 of the hearing dismissed the petition saying it was meritless.
The seven-member panel that heard the petition said it cannot order a rerun of the 2020 presidential polls because the petitioner failed to adduce “cogent evidence” to back his claims that there was no winner in the December 7, 2020, presidential elections.
Jean Mensa’s appreciation tweet generated a lot of mixed reactions. Below are some them as compiled by YEN.com.gh.
So you think you just tweeted something good. You will suffer before you die. God will punish you for what you have done to Ghanaians
God richly bless you madam beautiful for conducting a very transparent elections. You have proven that some women are tough
This is one of the reasons why I say that Jesus Christ will come but every one of us would be caught. None of us would see the beautiful kingdom. What is the fairness, transparent and credible in your work as EC boss so far?
I wonder and somebody will use God bless you on support of a liar, don't we fear God. We are not clean but we must learn to use God's name in a justice situation, not for stolen verdicts.
Jesus entered the Witness box against the Pharisees and scribes,
Job entered the Witness box against the devil, even Afari Gyan entered the Witness box against the mother Serpent of corruption, those who seek fairness don't run away from the Witness box
Jean, if you truly believe the December 7 elections were free, fair, peaceful, and credible then you are giving hypocrites a bad name. Crucially don’t use God’s name in vain.
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