The New Patriotic Party's (NPP) Council of Elders has given notice that it will meet with the president in response to growing calls for the ouster of Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta.
According to Mr. Kwadwo Mpianim, a member of the Council of Elders and a former chief of staff in the Kufuor government, the council met and decided to set up a meeting with the president to discuss how to handle the internal uproar calling for the finance minister to be fired.
The party's elders have discussed the matter and now want to meet with the president to talk about the best course of action regarding the persistent requests for the finance minister to be fired.
He claimed that until the council meets with the president, it cannot make a decision on the subject.
Approximately 98 New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmakers renewed their call for Mr. Ofori-execution. Atta's
The MPs have reversed course and are calling for Ofori-Atta to be fired immediately after giving in to the president's request to allow the minister to present the budget and wrap up negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
98 of these MPs from the ruling party have stated that they will not attend next week's budget presentation if the President does not act immediately on their demands.
The group's spokesperson and MP for Asante Akyem North, Andy Appiah-Kubi, claims that Ofori-position Atta's in government has become untenable, which is why there is a new call for his resignation.
He made his statement after the group had softened their demand as a result of a meeting with Nana Akufo-Addo, the president.
Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express, Appiah-Kubi said, “We’ve gone back to (our demand for the President to) sack him now and therefore should the budget be presented under the stamp of the Finance Minister, we’ll not participate because as far as we’re concerned we’re never going to do business with him.
“And if we’re not going to do business with him, he does not participate in any process from the Presidency to the House. We will not participate in deliberations too.”
He pointed out that if someone else from the government is chosen to deliver the budget, that is the only way the President will be able to convince them to take part in the budget presentation and appropriation.
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