The Member of Parliament for Asawasi in Kumasi, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka says the decision to change the minority leadership came from “some few people in the party”
A letter to the Speaker of Parliament signed by the party’s General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Fifi Kwetey, announced the removal of Haruna Iddrisu as the Minority leader. He was replaced by Dr Cassiel Ato Forson
Emmanual Armah Kofi Buah will act as the Deputy Minority Leader.
The statement further named a new Minority Whip in the person of Hon. Kwame Agbodza who replaces Muntaka Mubarak.
The First and Second Deputy Whip remains Mr Ibrahim Ahmed and Comfort Doyoe Ghansah respectively.
This change has however generated uproar among the rank and file of the NDC. Over 60 NDC MPs have petitioned the party to reconsider their decision to change leadership of the Minority.
Muntaka reacting to this change at a press conference in Accra Thursday, said the Minority caucus was not consulted before the announcement of their removal from office.
He said: “I serve on NEC (National Executive Committee), I serve on FEC (Functional Executive Committee), I go to Council of Elders as an observer and I am also on the political committee as an observer. Congress, all of us as members of parliament are members of congress and the Minority Leader is also on all these levels.”
“At no such meeting, was there any agenda to discuss this, so it is clear that it is a letter just written by the General Secretary, but the decision will just be the decision of some few people in the party and we believe that our party should sit up, because Article 55 of the 1992 Constitution is very clear, it says that everything that we do, we must follow democratic principles…We were never consulted. I mean, I heard some officers saying that some elders were sent to talk to us”.
“I would be very happy to be mentioning which elder was sent to talk to me, because no elder spoke to me,” he added.