Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has reacted for the first time to claims from some quarters that his decision to resign from Appointments Committee of Parliament is meant to undermine the leadership of the Minority Caucus.
The North Tongu MP in a letter dated March 30, 2021 and addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, said he would want to discontinue his membership of the Appointments Committee after days of careful reflection and thoughtful considerations. According to him he decision to resign was based on principle.
“I shall like to state that the reasons for this is difficult and that the decision is both personal and on principle”. He stated in the letter.
He subsequently in a Facebook post indicated that his resignation had been accepted by the Speaker just before the house went on recess. But the Speaker of Parliament on Tuesday May, 25 2021, when the House resumed said a final decision was yet to be taken on the matter as the Select Committee of Parliament prepares to submit its report on the issue to the plenary.
Speaking in an interview on Accra based Starr FM and monitored by Newswiregh.com Mr. Ablakwa said his mind was made up and dispelled claims that his action was meant to undermine the leadership of the NDC Parliamentary Caucus adding that he had great respect for the minority leader Haruna Iddrisu and had nothing against him.
“I have heard all l kinds of conspiracy theories since I resigned that this has to do with leadership fight or pro-Mahama group against anti-Mahama all kinds of weird conjecture which has absolutely nothing to do with why I resigned. It is nothing personally against the honorable Haruna Iddrisu. It is not about personalities it’s about principle, and in this country we should know the difference. I resigned, based on principle and personal convictions”.
He stressed “It had absolutely nothing to do with the leadership of the House and I am not in reckoning for leadership, I am not interested in anybody’s leadership position. I respect the honorable Iddrisu very much he will tell you that I’m one of the members of our caucus who supports him very very much. Anytime I am called dawn, midnight, whatever, to support in one endeavor or the other, you know, I don’t want to put out all the things I do for and on behalf of the caucus”.
He further stated the he wasn’t interested in anyone’s leadership role.
“They are totally baseless totally baseless. I am not one to, I’m not, I’m not a coward, if, if I have strong views , or if I think that some people shouldn’t be in particular positions, I will state it. Let it be clear that it has absolutely nothing to do with me wanting to undermine anybody or me looking for somebody position”.
‘As for undermining, I have survived it’ – Minority Leader
At a press briefing on March 31 2021 where leadership of the house addressed the media, Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu in response to questions from journalists about the seeming chaos on the front of the minority in the wake of the approval of some Ministerial Nominees and the resignation of Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, said he was still in charge of the caucus.
Former MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak in a post, described the resignation of Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa from the Appointment Committee as a vote-of-no-confidence in the leadership of the Minority Leader.
But in a subtle response to his critics, the Tamale South MP said “at the appropriate time (he will comment on the matter). Many of you know me, have you ever heard me retract my words? Hardly. You know why, my principle is, ‘I do not comment on doubtful matters. I comment on what I know…….As for undermining; I have survived it, I will survive it.”