Former NDC MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak has said that the the resignation of North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, from the Appointments Committee is a vote-of-no-confidence in the leadership of Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu.
Okudzeto Ablakwa resigned from the appointments committee on Tuesday with immediate effect, citing “personal reasons and principle”.
In a letter to the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Ablakwa said his decision was taken on a matter of principle.
He also added that based on his decision, he will be unavailable for the vetting of deputy ministers yet-to-be nominated by President Akufo-Addo.
“May I extend to you leadership of the House, the Committee of Selection and the leadership of the great National Democratic Congress (NDC), my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to serve as a member of the 6th, 7th and 8th Parliaments of the Republic of Ghana,” he wrote.
Even though he said his reasons were personal, it has been linked to the Minority in Parliament’s role in the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister by consensus, in spite of everything the Minority and the NDC as a party had against him.
The Minority leader had said that they approved of the Finance Minister because they thought he needed to come fix the mess he created over the last four years.
But another MP, Isaac Adongo abstained from the approval of the Finance Minister, saying he is a “scam” on the country and does not deserve to be a minister.
Meanwhile, Ras Mubarak thinks the decision by Okudzeto Ablakwa is a clear indication that some minority members have lost the trust and confidence in their leadership in the House.
He added that some unhappy Minority MPs are likely to follow the decision by the North Tongu MP.
Even though the NDC had earlier said that its Council of Elders were in on the decision to approve Ken Ofori-Atta, the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has hinted the Minority leaders in Parliament might be reshuffled.