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Abanga Yakubu Alhassan, National Vice Chairman, NDC
A National Vice Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) says he is saddened by the decision of some Minority MPs to approve all six of Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees.
Abanga Yakubu Alhassan adding his voice to the condemnation of the conduct by the MPs, said the act of the NDC lawmakers constitutes a betrayal of the ‘hope and trust’ of the party’s grassroots.
Expressing his reservations in a Facebook post, the NDC national executive however urged party faithful not to be despaired by the recent development.
According to him, he is hopeful the NDC will still win the 2024 elections despite the current happenings.
“Fellow Comrades, let us not lose hope, the bigger picture is to win 2024. I urge us all to be moderate in our lamentations and trust the leadership of the Party and Minority caucus (NDC) in parliament to do the needful.
“Such recalcitrant MPs will be fished out soon”, portions of his statement read.
“The whims and caprices of some NDC MPs will not deter the party from working hard to achieve victory in 2024.
“The Party leadership and NDC Minority caucus in parliament will always stand with the grassroots and are determined to lead the party to victory in 2024”, the statement concluded.
The comment by Mr Abanga Yakubu Alhassan comes on the back of six ministerial nominees who were approved on Friday, with some NDC MPs voting in their favour.
This was despite an earlier release where the NDC urged its MPs not to approve the recent crop of President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees.
But at the close of proceedings on Friday, it had become obvious that some NDC MPs had voted for the six ministerial nominees.
This caused a series of reactions from some quarters of the NDC, with members of the party expressing their disappointment in the Minority Caucus on social media.
Former president, John Dramani Mahama, also took to his Facebook wall to lament the conduct of the MPs.
The Minority Leader, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, also stressed in a Facebook post that he is ‘utterly disappointed’ in the betrayal by some members of his Caucus.
Meanwhile, the National Democratic Congress says despite the treachery by some of its lawmakers, it is still demanding for the President to cut down on the number of ministers.
This the party says has become necessary due to the country’s current economic crisis and the prevailing hardship being experienced by Ghanaians.