For the first time, Cassiel Ato Forson has recounted how he learned that he would serve as the National Democratic Congress’ leader in parliament.
On February 7, 2023, when Parliament began its regular session following the Christmas recess, Ato Forson, the representative for Ajumako Enyan Essiam, officially assumed his duties as Minority Leader.
“I was told the night before. It’s a decision that the party had made so they were informing me not for me to make a choice as to whether I’m going to accept it or not to accept it. But I took it like a call to duty.
“In fact, it shook me, it took me by surprise. But what I told you earlier is that I adapt so easily and that’s my biggest strength, it doesn’t take me a couple of minutes to adapt so I sat back and said ‘hey…’” On February 8, he remarked during the PM Express program on Joy News.
Additionally, he made a big deal out of the fact that he didn’t want the job, claiming that it was granted to him due to the party’s own, in his opinion, justifiable grounds.
When asked about his connection with the former minority leader Haruna Iddrisu, Ato Forson stated that they remained friendly and that Haruna was the first person he phoned after learning of the party’s choice.
“Let me put it this way, if there is any person in this House who has worked so hard for Haruna Iddrissu and worked for him, I don’t think there will be two people more than me. My loyalty to him is unquestionable.
“I’ve adored him; in fact, I’m a result of his leadership since he allowed me the freedom to work hard and achieve success.
Not every leader will offer his ranking the chance to succeed at that level, Ato Forson said.