The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called for calm within the rank and file of the party following parliament’s decision to approve the Finance Minister Designate after a two-day ‘grilling’ by the Appointments Committee.
Ken Ofori Atta is the last of president Akufo Addo’s substantive ministers to be vetted and approved by parliament.
His vetting was rescheduled following his decision to seek medical treatment in the United States for COVID-19 related complications.
But the NDC found it necessary to call on its members to exercise calmness because of “what transpired previously in respect of vetting and approval of some Ministers designate”.
The minority (NDC) MPs received public backlash from supporters of the party after some nominees of president Akufo Addo were passed to become ministers even though the minority MPs on the Appointments Committee rejected them.
National Communication Director of the party took the minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mohamed Mubarak, and the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin to the cleaners saying they are a betrayal to the party for allowing some of the nominees to be passed.
But in a release dated March 29, 2021, the General Secretary of the party, Jonson Asiedu Nketia said the “Minority leadership, the Party leadership as well as the Council of Elders have engaged in extensive consultations with the view to adopt a common position based on the exigencies of the situation”.
He has therefore called for calm and circumspection from members.
“I, therefore, urge all members to remain circumspect when the need for reaction arise. The NDC Parliamentary Caucus and FEC will be fully briefed accordingly.”
Source: Modern Ghana