Nii Ayikoi Otoo, a former Attorney General has hinted that, despite what is seen at the current vetting process of the ministerial nominees by the Appointments Committee, none of the candidates will be disqualified.
According to him, the vetting process by the committee is simply a formal task, and did not have the mandate to disqualify any of the minister-designates, as such there is no need for the public to put their confidence in the committee.
In a discussion on 3FM on Wednesday, the legal practitioner argued that the committee would need to present a report to parliament, after which, if the need arises, a vote will be cast on whether a nominee will be approved or rejected.
Speaking to the host of 3FM's morning show, he said, “Don’t put too much faith into the vetting. Let me remind you that the Committee is a sub-committee of the House, as such, whatever report they have will be debated at the plenary or on the floor of Parliament and there is voting. Therefore there is no way any nominee of the NPP will be defeated."
He further stated, “… I don’t take this vetting serious because at the end of the exercise the committee will present a report to the House and the votes will decide who gets approved”.
In his perspective, with the number of Majority members in the House, the minority would have a say in the matter, however the majority will definitely have the vote.
“What happened to former Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Oti Bless and the rest? What happened when they [minority at the time] had issues with them?” he asked.
He expressed confidence that the ministerial nominees will all pass at the plenary session, especially since the Minority do not have the numbers to counter them.
Mr Ayikoi Otoo further expressed hope that as the country developed in democracy, its parliament would also mature to a point where the people will “be bold enough to vote on issues and not along party lines.”