The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa’s letter of resignation from Parliament’s Appointment Committee has been accepted by the Speaker of Parliament.

Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa in a letter dated March 30, addressed to the Speaker, Alban Kingsford Bagbin, stated that he was stepping down from the Committee “after days of careful reflection and thoughtful considerations”.

His decision to step down from the Committee came as a surprise to many, leading to speculations that his resignation is directly linked to the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister.

“I shall like to state that the reasons for this difficult decision are both personal and on principle,” was all Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa alluded in his letter.

Following this, the MP for North Tongu in a Facebook post expressed his gratitude to Speaker Alban Bagbin for a “fruitful” meeting.

He stated: “I am enormously grateful to him for accepting my resignation from the Appointments Committee of Parliament. “

His decision to resign from the now 25-member Committee has resulted in a number of criticism directed at the opposition National Democratic Congress by party members and some Executives.

Although his resignation has been linked with the approval of President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees, the Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, on behalf of the party referred to the seeming cracks in the party as a storm that will be weathered.

The National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo has in a press statement, urged calm among the rank and file of the NDC following the recent happenings.

In a press release dated March 31, they assured members of their party that “the matters that have provoked public commentary have been dealt with in a manner that will promote and strengthen the cohesion of the party and all its organs”.