The has NDC replaced the current Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, with the Ranking Member on the Finance Committee, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam.
Per a letter dated January 23, 2023, signed by the General Secretary of the NDC, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, and addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the MP for Ellembelle, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, is now the Deputy Minority Leader, replacing the current Deputy Minority Leader, Dr James Klutse Avedzi.
The National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, explained that the changes made in the leadership of the Minority Caucus in Parliament form part of the reorganisation of the party ahead of the 2024 elections.
“We are making the changes as part of the reorganisation of the party ahead of the 2024 general election, which started from the branches then came to the national and now in Parliament and will be concluded with the party’s presidential and parliamentary primaries,” he said.
Mr Nketiah was speaking to the Daily Graphic Tuesday (Jan 24, 2023) to flesh out changes the party has effected in the leadership of its Parliamentary caucus ahead of the commencement of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament on February 7, 2023.
Reacting to the news on the Day Break Upper East Show today, Thursday, Janaury 26, 2023, a member of the NDC’s Upper East Regional Communications Team, Jon Paul Danka expressed some disquiet about the timing of the reshuffle.
“Change in leadership is usual. I think in 2005 or thereabouts, we changed Moses Asaga, and then we brought in Benjamin Kuubuor. It is not new in the NDC, when it comes to the issue of reshuffling. As a communicator, I wouldn’t lie, the timing is something I don’t ascribe to. I would have preferred that at the time that we had this government pinned to the wall, to answer for what we have been fighting for, through that same Parliament [COVID-19 expenditure], we should have focused on it,” he said.
Additionally, Mr. Danka suggested that the media’s attention had been drawn to the reshuffle rather than focusing on the many economic challenges the country is facing; a situation that doesn’t bode well for the country.
“Look at what you are asking me now. You are asking me what is happening in my party. By now, we should have been looking at what is happening in the NDA scandal, which is affecting us directly,” he said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana