Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah, a former Minister of Trade and Industry, has brushed aside criticisms of the removal of minority leader Haruna Iddrisu as detrimental to the party’s northern coalition.
Speaking in an interview, Spio Garbrah said claims that Northerners have lost their prominence in the party due to Haruna’s removal are wide off the mark.
“Some of them believe that when their MP is in a position it inures to their advantage but they need to think about the future of the party. The people from the North will claim that they’ve lost some position but our flagbearer for the past ten years is from the north. The Voltarians have not complained about it. There have been no complaints from the Western and Ashanti caucus so they need to understand that it’s just time.
“The Council of Elders chairman is from the North as well, so they are well represented. Losing one person doesn’t change anything. He is still in Parliament so we can use his experience,” he said.
Garbrah added that in football, a coach substituting a player doesn’t mean the player is a bad player but simply that it’s time for a change.
He used former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan, as an analogy.
“Asamoah Gyan does not play football any longer. He is no longer team captain, does it mean someone has done him something wrong. There comes at a time when there need to be changes in position. If you are in a team and the coach rings changes, it doesn’t mean the manager is against you. It just means the manager wants the progress of the team,” he told Sompa FM.