Former minister for roads and highways under John Mahama’s administration, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has justified the decision of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to reshuffle its leadership in parliament; saying the move is to prepare the party for the 2024 elections.
The biggest opposition party in the country, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 announced a change in the party’s parliamentary leadership.
In a letter signed by the General Secretary of the party, Fiifi Qwetey, “ the new leadership would be charged to recommending consequential changes in the ranking membership to the Headquarters of the party for approval.”
According to the party, former deputy minister for finance, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, takes over from Haruna Iddrisu as the minority leader, Kofi Armah Buah, member of parliament for Ellembelle takes over from James Klutse Avedzi as deputy minority leader, Kwame Agboza succeeds member of parliament for Asawase, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak as the minority chief whip, while Ahmed Ibrahim and Comfort Doyoe- Ghansah retain their positions as first and second deputy minority chief whips respectively.
The move has since been met with a myriad of mixed reactions from the party as well as the general public.
But according to Mr. Inusah Fuseni, who is a former member of parliament for Tamale Central, the economy will feature prominently in the run-up to the 2024 elections, hence the need to appoint people well endowed with the requisite knowledge in the area to lead the party in parliament.
The new group of leaders appointed to steer the affairs of the party in parliament has what it takes to engineer victory for the party in the upcoming elections, since the election would be won in parliament.
“The ultimate aim of the reorganisation efforts is to prepare the party for the impending elections and make sure that we put our best bet forward to win election 2024. It is in our collective interest that we galvanise and mobilise our energies for the battle ahead. Parliament will be a key battleground for the hearts and minds of the people of Ghana. NPP will be introducing policies, NPP will be dissipating our resources, the economy will be central to the debate on whether or not the NPP government can be trusted to rule this country,” he told Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East show on Wednesday.
He continued, “and so who is a better person suited for that charge, for that responsibility than Cassiel Ato Forson who was deputy minister for finance and helped in the management of the economy and who is a ranking member of finance, or Armah Kofi Buah or Agboza Govvins ? And so it is just the reorganisation, strategizing and repositioning of the party for the battle ahead”.
The ousting of Haruna Iddrisu as minority leader in particular was met with stiff opposition from the constituents of Tamale South as well as the incumbent member of parliament for Tamale Central Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, who asserted that there was no due consultation prior to the appointment of the new leadership.
When quizzed whether there was a consultation before the appointment, Mr. Inusah Fuseni said all the structures of the party were duly consulted, and thus urged persons who are displeased with the move to accept the newly appointed leaders since the decision cannot be reversed.
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