The Director of Communications of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Richard Ahiagbah has defended the Finance Minister for using monies from the Contingency Vault to fund the construction of the National Cathedral.
Mounting the defence on Newsfile on Saturday, he explained that even though there may be moral concerns about Ken Ofori-Atta’a decision, the Minister did not violate any laws in the process.
According to him, the erstwhile NDC administration also inappropriately resorted to the Contingency Vault in the past, and therefore they had no right to cite it as part of their reasons for the removal of the Finance Minister.
“I don’t see the Minister having committed any illegality. I have seen the use of contingency vaults by the NDC for things that you can see that they should have planned for”, Mr Ahiagbah stressed.
Touching on the substantive attempt by the NDC Minority Caucus to remove the Finance Minister through a censure motion, Mr Ahiagbah said the exercise was a parochial political attempt.
He added that the move was baseless and had no merit whatsoever.
“It [Censure motion] is a needless political exercise they subjected all of us to…The engagement is a needless exercise bearing Article 82 (1) in mind, because the Majority had given a press conference which the President and party elders called them to a discussion and they have agreed”, he explained.
On Thursday, a censure motion by the Minority to remove the Finance Minister fell through after the Majority MPS refused to participate in the process.
Contrary to their earlier calls for Ken Ofori-Atta to be sacked, the Majority MPs surprisingly walked out of the chamber, making it difficult for the Minority to get the appropriate numbers to pass the censure motion.
This, the Minority have subsequently described as an act of treachery.
Meanwhile, the Majority says even though they still have reservations about the Finance Minister, they will consider other means to facilitate his removal, and not through the Minority’s politically motivated censure notion.
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