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Bribery allegations centred around approval of ministers; Who are we to say no? NDC’s UER RCO wonders

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A member of parliament on the minority side recently alleged that some of his colleagues in parliament sold out the minority caucus during the vote to approve ministerial and judicial appointees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

According to the member of parliament (MP) for Cape Coast South, Kweku George Ricketts-Hagan, some of the NDC MPs used the position of strength that the minority caucus had to reject the approval of the appointees to negotiate deals with the government for their porsonal benefit

Speaking in an interview on TV3, on Saturday, the NDC MP added. that the leadership of the minority caucus knew that some of their members had been bought by the government

Asked whether he implied that some of the NDC MPs were bribed,

Ricketts Hogan said, “Absolutely, no doubt”

“Because things added up. Our leadership told us the number of people on our side that they are 100 per cent sure they have got They told us. And is it a coincidence that the numbers happen to be the same?

“They went into a meeting and our opponents told them that we have bought your people, so you have to be careful with what you are trying to do,” he added. 

Responding to the allegations raised by the MP on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, the Upper East Regional Communication Director for the NDC, Jonathan Abdallah Salifu explained that it would be difficult to disprove the statements of the MP considering the turnout of the vote to approve or disapprove ministers nominated by the President. 

“Look, this is even coming from some of their own colleagues. Our people always say that if you have a crocodile come to tell you that under water, other crocodiles have two heads, you have no cause to disbelieve the crocodile. So I mean, who are we to say no,” he said. 

Speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today, the Upper East Regional Communications Officer of the NDC, Jonathan Abdallah Salifu, suggested that the Members of Parliament on the minority side are aware of the disappointment they caused among the rank and file of the party. 

“What happened on Friday is very disappointing. Nobody should make a mistake about that. The MPs themselves, those who created the dissatisfaction, they’re aware. That is why you see them, one after the other, trying to exonerate themselves. Collectively, I think the blame should go to all of them, even though we know that about 98 or 99 of them voted against the nominees.”

Mr. Abdallah Salifu was even more surprised about the turnout of events on the floor of Parliament because of the extensive engagements within the party ahead of the election. 

“It would surprise you to know the level of consultation that went on ahead of the party releasing the statement. The party did not do it without consulting the Minority Caucus. They sat with them. There is nobody who matters in the party who didn’t have a say in that meeting,” he said. 

The Upper East Regional Communication Officer reminded the MPs that they were not bigger than the party they represented in Parliament. 

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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