Former NDC lawmaker, Ras Mubarak, has taken a swipe at critics of the changes in the parliamentary leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
In a Facebook post on Friday, he noted that despite the reservations from some quarters of the party, the changes will not be reversed.
According to him, there is the need for the aggrieved members of the party to suspend their reservations and throw their weight behind the new Miniorty Leader, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson and his team.
This he believes will inure to the greater good of the party in its quest to win the 2024 general election.
“The decision to appoint new party leaders in parliament won’t be reversed. No amount of petitions and press conferences would change that. Better we focus energies on winning political power and help build our country”, Ras Mubarak wrote.
He added, “Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn moved from the front bench to the back bench. Heavens did not break loose.
“We can’t built a strong party with this entitlement mentality”.
He concluded that “We have a duty to help Ato Forson and his team succeed as our new party Leaders in parliament”.
The comments by the former Kumbungu MP comes on the back of prevailing tension in the party, following the announced changes in the party’s parliamentary front.
On Tuesday, a statement from the party’s General Secretary, Fifi Kwetey, announced Dr Cassiel Ato Forson as the new Minority Leader with Emmanuel Kofi-Armah Buah as the Deputy Minority Leader.
MP for Adaklu, Governs Kwame Agbodza was also named as the party’s new Minority Chief Whip, taking over from Asawase MP, Muntaka Mubarak.
This development has since been met with a lot of resentment from some quarters of the party, including Tamale Central MP, Murtala Mohammed who has questioned the timing and relevance of the change.
Former Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho also took to Twitter to berate the changes.
The latest manifestation of the grievances happened on Wednesday when some displeased members of the party allegedly stormed the premises of Radio Tamale where the party’s Deputy General Secretary was having an interview.
According to the report, the irate party supporters pounced on him and visited harm on his person.
But speaking to ‘JoyNews on Thursday in the wake of the rumours, Mustapha Gbande disclosed that the reports of assault on him are untrue.
According to him, he only addressed the concerned party faithful who came to the premises after which they all left the scene.
He said he is familiar with the people who trooped to the station; adding that he has plans of meeting them later.
However, Ras Mubarak believes all of these tensions should end for the collective good of the party.
Meanwhile, Zebilla MP, Cletus Avoka, says his colleague lawmaker, Haruna Iddrisu and his team are still leaders of the Minority Caucus in Parliament.
This is depsite the letter by the leadership of the NDC which replaced Haruna Iddrisu as the Minority Leader on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday, the former Majority Leader, Cletus Avoka, noted that the said letter by the party’s General Secretary has no effect.
According to him, Parliament is currently on recess and therefore there can be no applicable changes to the leadership structure of the NDC Minority in the House.
He explained that the purported changes in the letter can only be implemented if the Speaker of Parliament reads it before the entire House; stressing that until that is done, Haruna Iddrisu remains the Minority Leader, likewise his other colleagues.
“We’re on recess. By the Speaker’s invitation we’re returning on the 7th of February, 2023 so we’re not yet in the House.
“Against that background, it is when the Speaker reads the letter he has received from the Secretary of the party indicating the reshuffle to the members of the House that it can take effect.
“As of now, we’re on recess, we’re not there. So as far as we’re concerned, the current leaders of the House, Honourable Haruna Iddrisu, Muntaka and co are deemed to still be in office”, he emphasised.
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