Member of Parliament for Bortianor-Ngleshie Amanfro, Sylvester Tetteh, has theorised that Haruna Iddrisu was kicked out as Minority leader by new National Chairman, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.
According to the NPP MP, Nketia orchestrated Haruna’s removal after the minority leader failed to support his bid to unseat Samuel Ofosu Ampofo.
“Haruna Iddrisu issued a disclaimer after Ahmed Ibrahim (Banda MP, first deputy Minority Chief Whip) said that the Minority Leader has sent him to send a message to delegates that Parliament is with Asiedu Nketiah,” he said on Newsfile on Joy Fm.
“And he issued a disclaimer that ‘no, I didn’t say so.’ And so when he [Asiedu Nketiah] won, obviously, I expected this to happen. “It was obvious that right after the elections, those who supported and publicly declared support for the national chairman have been maintained and those who opposed have been kicked out,” he added.
He explained further that the removal could also be linked to Haruna’s presidential ambitions which has birthed some form of rivalry between him and former president John Mahama.
He drew in former finance minister Kwabena Duffuor’s reference to Haruna as a possible running mate if he (Duffuor) wins the National Democratic Congress flagbearership slot.
“And of course when Dr. Duffour was asked ‘if you’re elected the flagbearer, who in the NDC would you consider being your running mate?’ and he quickly said ‘Bagbin is there, Haruna is there so I can pick any of them.’ Once Haruna’s name is mentioned he becomes a threat to John Mahama.
“‘Get rid of him so that he doesn’t become the running mate. If he has an ambition to become a running mate then obviously he’ll go against me.’ These are things being discussed among the NDC and we hear it every day,” he said.