Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu has mounted a strong defence regarding the decision of the Parliament’s Appointments Committee to approve President Akufo-Addo’s Ministerial nominees.
Addressing the House shortly before the Parliament went on recess, Mr Iddrisu argued, “We (the Appointments Committee) have acted in accordance to the law and we have acted in accordance to the 1992 Constitution.”
He insisted that the 26-member Committee, particularly members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) meticulously interrogated the nominees as stipulated by law.
“At the Appointments Committee, we have endeavoured to scrutinize the Ministerial nominees of President Akufo-Addo and to subject them to the minimum test of the Constitution and other requirements of law.
Lately, members of the NDC have been at odds with the leadership of the Minority in Parliament following the vetting of President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees.
The party’s Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi in an article on Facebook accused Speaker Alban Bagbin, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu and Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak of serving their own interest against the interest of the party.
But in a rebuttal, Mr Bagbin in an interview stated that he was Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament and not Speaker of any party.
This called for the intervention of the leadership of the NDC. Caucus meetings were held with the leaders of Parliament and calm prevailed.
However, the approval of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has reignited tensions within the Party.
Earlier today, cracks within the NDC side in Parliament further deepened as North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa resigned over some controversy in the approval of the Ministers.
In a letter dated March 30 and addressed to Speaker Alban Bagbin, he explained that his decision to resign was taken “after days of careful reflection and thoughtful consideration”.
Responding to this as well as the concerns raised by a section of the public, the Tamale South lawmaker said the Committee will endeavour to learn from its mistakes and rectify them going forward.
“The public has expressed some disquiet about some approval processes. We will learn and be guided by it,” he informed the House on Wednesday.
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