Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has once more defended the party’s choice to rearrange the Minority leadership in Parliament.
At a press conference in the United Kingdom, the former general secretary of the NDC stated that the changes were required because the minority leadership wasn’t getting along.
Additionally, he asserted that it was difficult for the minority leadership to work with Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of the House.
“Why did we struggle to get an NDC person elected as a Speaker of Parliament? There are certainly some advantages and those advantages can be tapped into when your leadership is cooperating with the Speaker. So we cannot have a situation where NPP leadership is cooperating with the Speaker, and our NDC leadership has challenges cooperating with the Speaker.”
“And if you are given a party whose leadership in Parliament is not working together, what will you do, you make the changes, or you resign, and I’m not about to resign,” Mr Asiedu Nketiah said.
The National Chairman of the NDC made his remarks after the Council of Elders of the NDC warned disgruntled party members, lawmakers, and party leadership to hold off on making any additional public statements in the wake of the change in Minority leadership.
The Council promised in a statement released on Saturday, January 28, 2023, to offer a prompt and ethical resolution to the issue.
Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson replaced Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu in the NDC’s parliamentary leadership last week.
As the Deputy Minority Leader and Minority Chief Whip, respectively, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, MP for Ellembelle, took over for James Klutse Avedzi, MP for Ketu North. Kwame Governs Agbodza, MP for Asawase, took over for Muntaka Mubarak, MP for Asawase.
However, a number of NDC MPs have criticized the leadership changes as extremely unsettling and undemocratic after asserting that they were not consulted before the transition.
After that, more than 70 MPs signed a petition opposing the party’s decision.