The timing of Dr. Cassiel Ato Fosrson’s promotion to Minority Leader, according to Cletus Apul Avoka, Member of Parliament for Zebilla East, is incorrect. Ato Fosrson represents the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam constituency.
According to the former majority leader, the party does not have the luxury of time to transform a nobody into someone but must instead concentrate on uniting the party to oust the New Patriotic Party from office.
“Now is not the time to turn nobody into somebody; now is the moment to rally all of us to take on the NPP in order to defeat it and win the elections; now is not the time to turn nobody into somebody,” Avoka said this on Eyewitness on CitiTV
His remarks follow the party’s choice of Cassiel Ato Forson, the MP for Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam, to succeed Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu. The party also chose Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah as the MP for Ellembelle in place of James Klutse Avedzi, the deputy minority leader.
Since there were no talks with the Minority caucus, a number of NDC MPs, including Dominic Ayine of Bolgatanga East and Murtala Muhammed of Tamale Central, have criticized the leadership changes as being undemocratic and extremely concerning.
Despite criticism from its own members, the NDC has defended the change in its leadership in Parliament. The party claimed that the choice was appropriate and served collective interests more than individual ones.
In an interview with Eyewitness News, the general secretary of the NDC, Fiifi Kwetey, refuted these claims and insisted that the right people had been contacted for the essential inputs.
“This decision was taken after wide consultation. If you look at the apex leadership of the party, that consultation was done. In terms of parliamentary, the group that is widely consulted, that consultation has been done.