- A.B.A Fuseini has disclosed that they have already met and chosen Haruna Iddrisu as their leader in Parliament
- He said they will resist any attempt to change the leadership of the minority
- There have been calls for Haruna Iddrisu to be changed following the approval of all of Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees
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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Sagnarigu, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini says they will reject any attempt by the party to change the leadership of the Minority in Parliament.
There have been growing differences and internal squabbling among members of the NDC, following the approval of all the ministerial nominees announced by President Akufo-Addo.
The recent approval of Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister dealt the party’s unity a major blow.
“The compromise of their future election fortunes starts now,” Prof. Ransford Gyampo warned in an interview monitored by YEN.com.gh on Starr FM on Wednesday as calls for the leadership of the Minority to be overhauled heightened.
The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, disclosed in an interview with Citi TV that the party’s hierarchy is working on choosing leaders before Parliament resumes on May 18, 2021, after the Easter break.
Reacting to Asiedu Nketia’s suggestion, Alhaji Fuseini said there is no need for change, stressing that the NDC caucus are satisfied with their leadership.
He further added in an interview monitored by YEN.com.gh on Adom FM that they had already chosen their leaders and the regions agreed overwhelmingly that Haruna Iddrisu should be their leader.
“…Not a single region, not one region, went outside, every one of the 16 regions endorsed Haruna Iddrisu as the leader of the NDC side,” stated Alhaji Fuseini.
“The leader is the leader of the members of the House and no one from outside the House can choose a leader for them without recourse to the Members of Parliament,” he stated.
In other news, MP for Zebilla, Cletus Avoka, says Ken Ofori-Atta’s approval was rushed.
“We were rushed into approving Ken Ofori-Atta and also approving the budget because of the time element of the house,” the former Interior Minister told Accra-based Starr FM’s Morning Starr programme monitored by YEN.com.gh.
Parliament on Monday, March 29, 2021, approved Ofori-Atta’s nomination by voice following the consensus recommendation by the Appointments Committee after two days of vetting.
The NDC’s rank and file are seething over the Ofori-Atta’s approval, rejecting the explanation given by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, and the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, as woefully inadequate.
Iddrisu explained in seconding the motion for the approval of Ofori-Atta on the floor of Parliament that the consensus recommendation by the was strategic to ensure the finance minister carries his own cross of economic mismanagement—a strategy Asiedu Nketia said will be critical to NDC’s return to power because the minister is bound to create a “mess” at the ministry, brightening the NDC’s chances of recapturing power in 2024.
NDC’s Bolgatanga Central MP, Isaac Adongo, disagreed with the course being traversed by the leadership of the Minority Caucus.
According to him, the finance minister “epitomises all that is wrong with our financial sector,” the reason he broke ranks with his colleagues.
North Tongu NDC MP and member of the Appointments Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa also resigned from the Committee following the approval.
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