Information Minister and Member of Parliament for the Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has finally spoken about how he got some 18 NDC MPs to vote for his approval as Information Minister after failing to secure consensus from the appointments committee on grounds of peddling untruths under oath.
Responding to a question asked by the host of Good evening Ghana, Paul Adom-Otchere, the information minister said, he campaigned from the morning to the night of the day voting was going to be held. "I campaigned from the morning to the night. We held a caucus meeting where we had the opportunity to speak to our colleagues because you recall that on the first vote we lost that election for the Speaker. In politics, there is nothing like a small election, you don't go around thinking that this is procedural and it will happen".
"I had the opportunity to speak to my colleagues to be kind to me and vote for me. I needed to talk to all the 138 MPs on our side first to cross the line. As our democracy matures, even when you invoke a three line whip, MPs sometimes don't conform and that helped me to get my colleagues from the other side to vote for me. I was hopeful I will get 138 votes but it was a good reckoning that I got 18 extra votes".
"Both parties are beginning to realize that it is not just about issuing instructions to our people because sometimes it is also unfair to them. The fact that you have 138 doesn't mean they all want to go a particular way. Both parties are devicing finer ways to engage their caucus".
It could be recalled that, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Hawa Koomson and Afriyie Akoto didn't secure consensus from the appointments committee and brought before the plenary of the house for voting per Parliamentary procedure. Contrary to the expectations of many, all the there ministerial nominees got the approval of the house with at least 18 members from the NDC caucus endorsing them.
Source: Metro TV
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