Leader of the NDC Caucus in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has hit back at critics who seek to undermine his authority in the Legislature.

According to the Tamale South MP, he is “fully in charge” of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmakers in Parliament.

His comment follows criticism by a former MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak who described the resignation of the North-Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa from the Appointments Committee of Parliament, as a vote-of-no-confidence in the leadership of Mr Iddrisu.

But in a sharp rebuttal, the Minority Leader said, “Not at all, I am fully in charge. I am the Minority Leader, this morning, I have engaged with the party leadership and Council of Elders.”

After this statement, the legislator refused to comment further on the resignation of the North Tongu MP.

Members of the NDC have been at odds with the leadership of the Minority in Parliament following the vetting of President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees.

The party’s Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi in an article on Facebook accused the Speaker Alban Bagbin, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu and Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak of serving their own interest as against the party interest.

Leadership of the party therefore intervened. After a series of caucus meetings, with the leaders of parliament peace was restored.

However, the approval of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has reignited tensions within the Party.

Earlier today, cracks within the NDC side in Parliament further deepened after Mr Ablakwa resigned over controversy about approval of President Akuffo Addo’s Ministers.

In a letter dated March 30, and addressed to Speaker Alban Bagbin, he explained that this was “after days of careful reflection and thoughtful considerations.”

But Mr Iddrisu has already defended the Parliament’s Appointments Committee’s decision to approve the President’s ministerial nominees.

According to him, the Committee has “acted in accordance to the law and we have acted in accordance to the 1992 constitution.”

He also pledged that concerns raised by a section of the public will be considered in the next round of vetting.