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Haruna Iddrisu's view on E-levy is his personal decision, not that of the minority- Ibrahim Murtala

Ghanaians raised eyebrows when the minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu stated that he is ready to accept the E-levy if the government will reduce it to 1% and the threshold adjusted upwards to 300 Ghana cedis. The pronouncement of the minority leader was against the firm promise the minority made to Ghanaians that they will not accept the E-levy in any form. Barely moments after the pronouncement made by Haruna Iddrisu, the minority issued out a statement signed by the Minority Chief Whip, Mutaka Mohammed, which stipulated that the caucus had not compromised on its stand; many Ghanaians sensed a divided opinion of the minority over the E-levy.

Reacting to this on today's episode of the NewDay Show on TV3 ( December 7), Honourable Ibrahim Murtala, the Member of Parliament for the Tamale Central Constituency, has disclosed that, the views expressed by Haruna Iddrisu represent his personal views on the proposed E-levy and does not represent the entire position of that of the minority caucus in Parliament.

The Tamale Central legislator indicated that, during caucus meetings, the various Members of Parliament have their own opinions, but at the end of the day, the decision taken by them is the one that represents the majority views of all of them. Ibrahim Murtala however did point out that, Haruna Iddrisu has never imposed his views on the majority in his capacity as the leader of the minority caucus in Parliament. He added that the communique released by the NDC Members of Parliament on their strong resolve to reject the proposed E-levy in any form has the blessings of Haruna Iddrisu.

"our leader ( Haruna Iddrisu) communicated as an individual. What he said was that, this was our position, but having listened to the Minister of Finance and Honourable Adu Boahen, the Minister of State, he Haruna Iddrisu) never said "we", he said "I" was convinced. But you see, there have been several issues at the caucus, that Honourable Haruna Iddrisu, in deciding with all his members had positions and other members have positions, but he ended up agreeing with the position of the majority people at caucus", he said.

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