That, all is not well in the NDC minority in parliament is just about stating the obvious. Many NDC faithful are disillusioned that the 8th parliament, which by its almost equal representation, will offer Ghanaians the real meaning of parliamentary democracy, is proving to be a mirage.
There is now on the table, a decision by a section of NDC MPs and other party officials to replace the party’s leadership in parliament. The leadership position includes the minority leader, deputy minority leader and 2nd deputy leader.
The rest are minority whip, deputy whip and 2nd deputy whip. The popular argument in many NDC circuit is that on two occasions that the lead opposition held the NPP by the neck, the NDC left the governing party, off the hook.
The first was in relation to the popular approval of the three of the President’s ministerial nominees who earlier, were rejected by the parliamentary appointments committee.
Twenty-one of NDC MPs failed to attend sitting during the plenary voting, thus making way for Mrs. Hawa Koomson, Dr. Afriyie Akoto and Kojo Oppong Nkrumah to sail through.
The next was the approval of the government’s budget statement for the year, where again, three NDC MPs absented themselves when approval was sought at the full House.
What irked many NDC folks most, was the unanimous approval of Ken Ofori Atta as the Minister of Finance, although his performance at the appointment committee, many contend, was sloppy.
The toe-in-line approval compelled some NDC officials to suspect with the belief that some of their members have been compromised. In the case of the Ofori Atta approval, the crack within the opposition minority became obvious.
The party’s ranking member on Finance, Isaac Adongo, refused to attend the approval of the 2nd term tenure of the Finance Minister. Another of NDC’s member of the appointments committee, Okudjeto Ablakwa quit the appointments committee over his colleagues’ blanket approval of the Finance Minister.
The party’s communications officer, Sammy Gyamfi, even suggested that the leadership of the NDC in parliament had been bribed by the governing party. His insinuation did not spare the House Speaker, Rt. Hon. Kingsford Bagbin.
In the end, the integrity of the NDC leadership in parliament came into sharp focus, with many aggrieved NDC folks expressing lack of faith and confidence in the Haruna Idrissu and Mubarik Muntaka led team.
Moves to replace, Haruna, Muntaka and co
As it stands, the call by a section of the party members for the replacement of Haruna and others in the NDC leadership in parliament is tabled for consideration.
That critical issue would have been resolved when parliament reconvenes for it second sitting. The procedure for the change in the NDC minority leadership was recently detailed by Sam Gyata George, the MP for Ningo Prampram in a television discussion programme.
He disclosed on the talk show programme that there are processes currently on-going to determine whether the party would want to change their leaders or not.
According to NDC insiders, the changing procedure involves various regional caucuses who would be required to vote on their preferred candidates for the leadership positions of the NDC in parliament.
The list will then be submitted to the NDC hierarchy at the party’s headquarters. The preferences of the 16 regional committees or caucuses will then form the basis for a decision by the National Executive Committee on the composition of the party's leadership in parliament.
The NDC constitution stipulates that in such circumstance, the party will be in consultation with its caucuses and reach a binding consensus. Party insiders have hinted that the party has already engaged it caucuses on the issue.
The caucuses were convened to a meeting and asked to write down their preferred choices for the party's leadership in parliament. So the decision is already made; awaiting outcome: whether Haruna Idrissu will stay on as minority leader or be replaced.
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