The Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, Hon. Samuel Okudzoto Ablakwa has added his voice to the issue of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Grassroots Members being furious about the acceptance of some nominees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for Ministerial position. The Grassroots Members had wanted their MPs to vote against Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (Minister For Information), Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson (Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture) and Hon. Akoto Osei (Minister for Food and Agriculture).
During the vetting, the NDC panelists of the committee outrightly disqualified these three candidates so NDC members thought that all their MPs will vote against them. But quiet the opposite happened, votes gotten by Oppong Nkrumah, Akoto Osei and Hawa Koomson indicated clearly that some NDC MPs voted for them despite the complete rejection by their on members of the Vetting Committee. This really provoked their members as they used almost every media platform to send a message to them.
Some even argued that, some of their MPs took bride from the candidates to vote for them. All their comments indicated that, they had been betrayed. They threatened not to fight for the party again as some of their colleagues died defending the interest of the party in the just ended 2020 elections. But the Minority leader in Parliament, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu yesterday wrote a letter on behalf of all NDC MPs in Parliament and apologized to their Grassroots Members.
Late in the evening, Okudzoto Ablakwa also came in with an apology statement after taking his shot of the Covid-19 vaccine. This is what he wrote on his official Facebook account:
"It is now time to vaccinate against clear unacceptable conduct that makes the people who sent us to Parliament lose confidence in our growing democracy and the legitimate expectations of a hung parliament. Despite having a clean conscience, there can be no glory in touting individual good effort when as a collective we have failed to meet the hopes and aspirations of millions of Ghanaians. Please find it within you to accept our sincerest apologies.
Surely, let us vent but may it not be destructive and may it not lead to an implosion of the great NDC. As we rose to the occasion on that epic night of January 6, 2021; kindly give us another chance for redemption, restoration and reclamation. Shall we all reflect on the integrity and sacrifices of our forbears who at the peril of their lives fought and won the independence we commemorate today. With deep soul searching, current political leadership can once again lift high that torch which inspired so many across artificial geographic boundaries".
Hopefully, the members will heed to their apologies and still backed them because a political party's strength lies with it Grassroots Members. 2024 Presidential and Parliamentary elections campaign start from today and they will need the support of their Grassroots Members to turn the table around. If Ex President John Dramani Mahama is coming again, he will need their support so as their MPs.
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