Members of Parliament (MPs) of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have apologised to the rank and file of the party over their dissatisfaction with the approval of some ministers-designate of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Leadership of the NDC in Parliament including Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu; Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak; and the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, had been accused of betraying the party in approving some three ministers of President Akufo-Addo.
The three ministers who have since been sworn into office are Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah; Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto; and Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mavis Hawa Koomson.
Showing their remorse the Minority Caucus in a statement dated March 5, 2021 and signed by its Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said “the Caucus remains loyal to our base and wishes to call for restraint and calm. We ask all NDC faithful to have faith in the Caucus leadership as we navigate our path to recapturing the Presidency In 2024. The Caucus would lead the vanguard with the support of our loyal grassroots.”
Also apologising to the party on behalf of the minority caucus , the Council of Elders of the NDC called for restraint.
According to them, care should be taken to ensure the grievances do not “degenerate into unnecessary bickering at the expense of party discipline and cohesion.”
The MP for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak who also felt ashamed of the development on his tweeter page posited: “How did we go from heroes of the rank and file to villains? The anger directed at us by our own rank and file, the public mockery, ridicule, insults and attribution that we sold our integrity, loyalty and party for personal gain is paralysing.
Sadly, the history we made on 7th January has been wiped out by the events of March 3rd. We will be remembered by our rank and file as the caucus that sold out.
When I wrote a few days before January 7th that I was proud to be part of a historic and history making generation, I clearly never expected to be part of this sort of history.
While we are sure to suffer the collective shame for a long time, I’m consoled by my clear conscience as are many other caucus members.
And quiet honestly, our current predicament can’t be resolved by us alone or with the national executives. I propose an intervention by the Council of Elders of the NDC.
Other party members who also felt betrayed by the action of the minority caucus were Sammy Gyamfi, a Communications Officer of the NDC; Zita Benson, a former NDC Minister of Tourism; Ras Mubarak, a former NDC MP for Kumbunku.
They accused the party’s leadership in Parliament of betrayal.
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