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National Democratic Congress (NDC) has defended its decision to shake up its leadership in Parliament.
The party said persons who ought to be consulted were consulted appropriately.
The General Secretary of the party, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey said the decision was apt and worked best for the collective other than individual interest.
According to him, former President, John Dramani Mahama was consulted and his views were duly reflected.
“This decision was taken after wide consultation. If you look at the apex leadership of the party, that consultation was done. In terms of parliamentary, the group that is widely consulted, that consultation has been done.”
“What needed to be done about this reshuffling was done and the people duly consulted. All the key leaders have been consulted.
The former President, Mahama was consulted and his views were duly reflected. The new and old leaders were informed and consulted”, he said.
The current leadership of the NDC in Parliament has been changed on all fronts.
According to the party, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson has taken over from Haruna Iddrisu as the new Minority Leader. Ellembelle MP, Kofi Armah Boah will replace James Klutse Avedzi as Deputy Minority Leader.
Kwame Agbodza becomes the Chief Whip for the opposition side and will be deputised by Banda MP, Ahmed Ibrahim and Ada legislator, Comfort Doyo Ghansah respectively.
However, some NDC legislators have expressed their opposition to the decision describing the development as a “coup d’etat” and questioning the rationale behind the change.
Amongst them is Tamale Central MP, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed who said the timing of the decision by the party’s hierarchy was ‘wrong’.
He, therefore, questioned the rationale for the change and criticised the party’s leadership for failing to consult the entire Minority Caucus before effecting the changes.
“The timing is completely wrong. What is the basis of changing our parliamentary leadership?” Murtala Mohammed decried.