Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Ghana, Ransford Gyampo, has described the NDC leadership in Parliament as a disappointment to parliamentary sovereignty and independence.

According to him, the U-turn by the Minority leadership and their members on the Appointments Committee to support the approval of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta by consensus leaves much to be desired after their persistent attacks on the President’s nominee.

“I am disappointed in the minority leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), they are a great disappointment and they are a great disservice to the quest to ensure that we have some Parliamentary sovereignty and parliamentary independent that will be capable of serving as a countervailing authority to the powers of the executive president,” Prof. Gyampo told Akua Boakyewaa Yiadom, host of Adom FM’s current affairs show, Burning Issues on Wednesday.

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 as a vote-of-no-confidence in the NDC’s leadership parliament.

Apart from Ras Mubarak, the Bolgatanga Central MP Isaac Adongo has also criticised Haruna Iddrisu’s leadership for consenting to the approval of Mr Ofori Atta. He believes that the Finance Minster is responsible for the country’s economic woes and should not have been given an approval by consensus.

But Prof Gyampo insisted that the unanimous decision by both sides of the House shows that the Minority lacks principles and convictions after their several public attacks and utterances against Ken Ofori-Atta, describing him as a corrupt and non-performing minister

The lecturer emphasized that governance must not be stalled because of a hostile Parliament adding that the conduct by the Minority will discourage the party’s grassroot who had confidence in their legislators due to the current numerical strength held by both sides of the House.

Prof Gyampo also wondered why the Minority leadership failed to register their displeasure through voting prior approval of the Finance Minister’s nomination after they had indicated to the public to kick against his approval.