Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Ghana, Ransford Gyampo has commended MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa on his resignation from Parliament’s Appointments Committee.

According to the Professor, the move by the MP is a clear demonstration of a principled person.

“I have a lot of respect for Okudzeto for the decisions he’s taken.

“I’ve always argued that it appears our politicians have no principles and they have no conviction and so they do anything that they please. But what Okudzeto Ablakwa did in my view is a demonstration of somebody who believes in principles,” he said Saturday on JoyNews’ Newsfile.

This comes after the North Tongu MP tendered in his resignation to the Speaker of Parliament, stepping down as member of the Appointment Committee.

It is unclear why Mr Ablakwa resigned, however, he stated in his resignation letter that “the reasons for this difficult decision are both personal and on principle.”

That notwithstanding, there is public speculation that his decision is related to outstanding issues within the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Professor Gyampo suspects same.

In his opinion, Ghana’s current hung Parliament situation gave hope to the public that there were going to be more checks from the Minority on the government, however, recent happenings suggest otherwise.

During Newsfile Saturday, he revealed that, prior to the approval of the Ministerial nominees, conservations with Mr Ablakwa indicated that the Minority in Parliament was not going to see to the approval of some Ministers, especially those who failed to meet the standard at the vetting.

But in the end, things did not end up as the Minority had discussed and no substantive explanation was given by its leadership.

This he says raises a lot of questions about the Leadership of the Minority in the House.

“There were some of the things that he [Okudzeto] said the minority would not do and then they turn out to go and do the very things they said they were not going to do without any explanation.

“It creates an impression that they’re involved in some kind of politics of convenience,” he said.

“For me, I think Mr Ablakwa acted based on principles and conviction, and he acted based on the fact that he believes in principle and we must commend him for it because it’s not all politicians who will do this,” he added.