Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has resigned from Parliament’s Appointments Committee, NewsWire GH has gathered. According to a letter to the Speaker of Parliament Alban Kingsford Bagbin, the North Tongu legislator said he had come to the decision “after days of careful reflection and thoughtful considerations.
The resignation comes at a time when the Minority in parliament has received backlash for approving the nomination of some ministers despite raising issues with their performance in office in the previous tenure, the latest being the approval of the finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta.
Associate Professor at the department of political science at the University of Ghana, Prof Ransford Gyampo is one of the persons who has heavily criticised the NDC MPs for their conduct. According to the vocal professor, the Minority owe Ghanaians an apology for the demonizing the finance minister. He also believes the NDC MPs should hence forth not be taken seriously.
Extracts of his post on Facebook read, “The minority group, especially, their members who pontificate on finance and the economy, owe us an explanation on the unanimous approval of KOA as FM. I personally do not have problems with the FM, but we were, through the incessant bastardization of his policies by the minority group, made to believe that he was the most greedy, insensitive, corrupt and incompetent Minister in the previous administration”.
It continues, “Was the Minister that good in his first term to warrant such a unanimous approval? What was the basis of the critical stance against some of his policies by the minority group? Was it just propaganda against him or it was sheer ignorance on their part? Were they criticizing the man, just to look good in the sight of the populace? Does it mean their criticisms weren’t well-founded? What?”
“If KOA is that much of a political saint, then the minority group owe Ghanaians an apology for demonizing the man, and hence forth, they must not be taken serious on their criticisms of government. We cannot be taken for granted all the time by politicians. We aren’t always that gullible. The kind of nauseating politics of convenience being practiced in Ghana, is a needless sale of the soul of human conscience and this must stop.”
The Move by Okudzeto Ablakwa comes at a time when the leadership of the opposition NDC is getting ready to overhaul the leadership of the NDC caucus in Parliament. General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia made this disclosure in an interview with Accra based Citi TV,
“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.