NDC to engage Minority caucus over reshuffle-Fifi Kwetey

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) will meet with its Members of Parliament (MPs) to discuss the appointment of their new leadership, according to Fifi Kwetey, the party’s general secretary.

After certain party MPs petitioned the National Executive Committee (NEC) to halt the selection of the new leadership of the party in Parliament, Fifi Kwetey made her comments.

The NDC MPs who are calling for the suspension, including Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka (MP for Asawase), Dominic Ayine (MP for Bolgatanga East), and Cletus Avoka (MP for Zebilla), claim that the appointment was imposed by a small group of people rather than made by any of the party’s decision-making structures.

On January 26, 2023, Fifi Kwetey announced to the media that the NDC national executives will be meeting with the minority caucus to explain their choice following a meeting between the newly elected minority caucus leadership and the executives.

He also said that the gathering will confirm the new leadership’s nomination.

“Early next week, on Tuesday we will be having a broader conversation with the caucus as a whole. And that conversation is one that would basically confirm the decision that has been taken. In terms of explaining the way forward for us as a party and the best way to be able to make sure that we deliver the mandate that has been given to us. A mandate that will ensure the wellbeing of the people of Ghana come election 2024,” he said.

Some NDC members, including some MPs, claim that the party’s parliamentarians should have been consulted before the change in the leadership of the minority caucus of Parliament, which has caused some uncertainty within the party.

In lieu of the MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu, the NDC leadership has selected Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, a former deputy minister of finance, as the minority leader in the 8th Parliament of Ghana’s Fourth Republic.

Kofi Armah Buah, an Ellembele-based MP, will take over as deputy minority leader, according to the NDC.

While Muntaka Mohammed, an Asawase MP, would be replaced as Chief Whip by Kwame Governs Agbodza, an Adaklu MP.

The position of First Deputy Minority Whip has been retained by Ahmed Ibrahim, MP for Banda, while the position of Second Deputy Minority Whip has been given to Comfort Doyo Cudjoe-Ghansah, MP for Ada.

This was stated in a letter from the National Democratic Congress dated January 23, 2023, sent to Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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