17 MPs lost in the NDC primaries due to a change in the minority leadership – Muntaka discloses

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Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase Constituency in the Ashanti Region, has criticized the NDC leadership over the changes in minority leadership in Parliament.

The former Minority Chief Whip, who called the move a coup in his initial comments on the minority leadership changes, asserted that the party’s 17 incumbent MPs who lost their bids to represent the party in the 2024 elections might have been prevented had the outgoing leaders still been in charge.

Muntaka asserts that the minority caucus in the upcoming Parliament will suffer as a result of the loss of experience in the just concluded parliamentary elections.

“The truth is that in 2020, because the NPP had bridged camp, there was a lot of vigour, there was a lot of energy, naturally when you are going for primaries, NPP should be interested in some constituencies creating confusion so that they can have the chance to split your votes and take the constituency and there are examples like Akontombra and many others”.

“Now in 2023 NPP is struggling to find its feet, they are struggling to stay above waters, and then you go and lose 17 MPs. Who do you blame, it will be very unfair if you blame the current Minority leadership because the primaries were announced before the coup that happened in Parliament, [and that was] very unstrategic”.

Any scientific analysis would demonstrate that the timing of that coup was utterly incorrect. It prevented the new leadership from settling and planning to save numerous other MPs.

As part of efforts to unify the party before the 2024 elections, the Asawase MP also urged the NDC’s newly chosen flagbearer, John Mahama, to meet with the MPs in smaller groups.

He continued by saying that numerous MPs had grown resentful of the party as a result of internal intrigue.

Several NDC MPs, including Dominic Ayine, the MP for Bolgatanga East, and Murtala Muhammed, the MP for Tamale Central, later criticized the leadership changes as extremely unsettling and undemocratic, claiming they were not consulted before the transition.

A petition to protest the party’s decision was signed by several MPs. Another group of MPs asked the party leadership to disregard requests to have the reorganization reversed.

On January 26, 2023, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the newly elected minority leader in parliament, said that the party’s leadership would meet with members of the minority caucus on January 31, 2023, to discuss any unresolved issues.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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