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Be calm – NDC urges irate supporters

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has asked its members aggrieved by the Minority caucus in Parliament over the approval of some minister-designates to be calm.

The Party said the Parliamentary caucus and the Functional Executive Council will be briefed on its next line of action.

“Following what transpired previously in respect to vetting and approval of some ministers designate the Minority leadership, the Party leadership as well as the Council of Elders have agreed in extensive consultations with the view to adopt a common position based on the exigencies of the situation,” the Party said in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Johnson Aseidu Nketia on Tuesday, March 29.

The statement available to Original News further urged the NDC fraternity to remain circumspect when the need for reaction arises.

Anger towards the NDC caucus in Parliament by the grassroots of the party has reached an all-time high following the approval of ministerial nominees.

The anger was triggered after the party’s National Communications Officer Sammy Gyamfi issued a scathing attack on the leadership of the party in parliament and the Speaker of the House over the approvals.

The party had directed its members to reject some of the nominees for their conduct in office during the first term of the President.

“Comrades, the betrayal we have suffered in the hands of the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin, the leadership of our Parliamentary group, particularly Hon. Haruna Iddrissu and Hon. Muntaka Mubarak, and dozens of our own MPs, is what strengthens me to work hard for the great NDC to regain power.

“They brazenly defied the leadership of the party and betrayed the collective good for their selfish interest. And we, must not let them succeed in their parochial quest to destroy the NDC, the party that has done so much for them and all of us. The shame they have brought on the party will forever hang like an albatross around their necks,” Mr. Gyamfi wrote.

The Council of Elders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has met with the leadership of the NDC and its caucus in Parliament at the instance of the Council.

The Council of Elders of the NDC met with the leadership of the party and its caucus in Parliament on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

In a statement, Chairman of the Council of Elders Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu noted that the Council and the caucus leadership collectively agreed that the incident of 3rd March 2021 where some nominees for ministerial positions were approved was “regrettable and unfortunate, and runs contrary to the principles and values of the party.”

According to the statement, the caucus leadership has since pledged to uphold the principles and values of the party in their collective bid to develop the country.

The Council urged the national leadership of the party to resolve issues relating to the caucus leadership in Parliament and called on the rank and file of the party to remain calm, and provide the needed support to the parliamentary caucus in order to hold the Akufo-Addo-led government strictly to the principles of probity and accountability.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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