The decision to change the minority leadership was made, according to Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, National Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), as a result of a lack of collaboration with the Speaker.
Speaking to the NDC UK/Ireland Chapter, Mr. Asiedu said that the choice to implement such measures with the NDC minority leadership in Parliament was made because the situation was mostly difficult.
“My priorities in Parliament is to see cooperation in Parliament and to see our Parliamentary caucus working together and also cooperating with the Speaker of Parliament.
“Why did we struggle to get an NDC person elected as the Speaker of Parliament? There are certainly some advantages and those advantages can be tapped into when your leadership is cooperating with the Speaker of Parliament,” Asiedu Nketia said.
“So we cannot have a situation where the NPP leadership is cooperating with the Speaker while our leadership the NDC has challenges in cooperating with the Speaker. If you are given a party whose leadership is not working together what will you do? You make the changes or you resign and I am not ready to resign” he added.
With the selection of Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson as the new Minority Leader, the NDC has changed the composition of its parliamentary leadership.
Haruna Iddrisu is replaced by Enyan Essiam, a former member of the Parliament’s Finance Committee and representative for Ajumako.
Kofi Armah Buah, the MP for Ellembele and newly appointed Deputy Minority Leader, will support Dr. Ato Forson.
In his stead, James Kutse Avedzi is replaced.
The Party has also named Kwame Agbodza, an Adaklu MP, as the next Minority Chief Whip.
Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, MP for Asawase, is replaced by him.
As assistant Minority Whips, Ahmed Ibrahim and Comfort Doyoe Ghansah remained in their positions.