The Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin has expressed shock over the North Tongu MP’s resignation from Parliament’s Appointments Committee.
According to sources, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa resigned due to some controversy in the approval of the Akufo-Addo ministerial nominees.
Explaining the rationale behind his decision, Mr Ablakwa in a letter dated March 30, addressed to the Speaker, Alban Kingsford Bagbin indicated that his resignation comes “after days of careful reflection and thoughtful considerations.”
However, describing the decision of the lawmaker as being in “bad taste,” the Effutu MP indicated that Mr Ablakwa’s resignation was rather unfortunate.
According to him, he is “surprised at the resignation because I thought Sammy is well experienced enough in this game of politics to know that we act as a collective.”
“And I have read the letter, if what is leaked is really what he’s written, I find it most unfortunate and well it is his own future and it is his own understanding in what he wants to do in politics but I think it was in a bad taste,” he added.
Speaking on JoyNews’ Topstory with Evans Mensah, Mr Afenyo-Markins also emphasised that Okudzeto Ablakwa’s resignation will go a long way in affecting his political ambitions.
“I see Sammy as having a future in his own party. Perhaps he may think he was doing what was right but what I can foresee is that he is creating a whole mountain of mistrust for his future politics in his party.
“Maybe he did not calculate [it] well but that is what I see because you see in Parliament we work as a team, we work in caucuses,” he said.
He further chastised the MP for North Tongu for addressing his resignation letter to the Speaker of Parliament.
In his view, per the outstanding orders of the House, such issues must not be addressed to the high of the speakership.
“You don’t write a letter to the Speaker, per the rules of the Standing Orders, you don’t write to the Speaker and also the letter finds its way to the media…I can’t say he did it but you have to ensure the sanctity of your team and your colleagues because it is not an individualistic affair. You are not there as an individual,” he said.
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