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Parliament: Haruna Iddrisu, Muntaka, others may soon be removed from leadership – Asiedu Nketia hints

The leadership of the Minority in Parliament may be seeing an overhaul in the coming days, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said.

The move, according to Mr Asiedu Nketia, is not to ‘punish’ the current leadership for ‘compromising’ their positions as has been suggested by many.

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Mr Asiedu Nketia insists the move is normal practice which is in line with its practices after every general election.

He says the delay in overhauling the current leadership was because of the NDC’s legal disputes of some parliamentary seats in the 2020 polls.

“There is some work in progress. After every election, we reconstitute the leadership of Parliament even if it means reconfirming them. We haven’t done that yet because of the court cases. We started but got to a point and felt that we need to finish with the court cases first. So it is something we are considering. But there will be a definite statement. I am sure by the time, they [Parliament] return from the break, we would have taken this decision”, he disclosed on Face to Face on Accra based Citi TV.

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There have been several accusations against some members of the NDC’s leadership in Parliament with many, including the party’s Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, criticising the leadership for compromising their positions in the House and failing to be in sync with the general position of the party.

Touching on concerns that the Minority caucus in the Parliament did not represent the party’s interest by approving all ministerial nominees of President Akufo-Addo for example, Mr Asiedu Nketia admitted that the development was problematic.

“We were all worried about our side passing some of the nominees. We thought that this was the time for us to exact accountability from them, but things didn’t work out the way we expected. It nearly created a problem for our leadership and the leadership in parliament. We were just shocked that all of them had been passed. But it was a collective failure,” he said in the interview with Umaru Sanda Amadu.

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