The Deputy General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and a former Minister of state at the Interior Ministry, Nana Obiri Boahen has lashed out at the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for condemning the appointment of Mr Bryan Acheampong as the Minister of State at the Interior Ministry.
He said commentaries being run by the NDC is nothing but a clear demonstration of their ignorance about the Constitution of Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo on Thursday, February 13 reassigned Mr Bryan Acheampong from the Ministry of National Security to the Interior Ministry.
This comes in the midst of agitations by the opposition party for the President to fire the minister on the back of recommendations by the Emile Short – the commission which probed the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.
Reacting to the President’s action, the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia described it as a “slap in the face of the Emile Short Commission.”
He believes strongly that the reshuffle by President Akufo-Addo is a strategic attempt to rig the 2020 general elections.
“What the President has done is to tell the Short Commission to go to hell and everyone worried about vigilantism to go to hell. This action is going to legitimise the action of Bryan Acheampong and also give him the legitimate authority to deploy the thugs they’ve trained and embedded in the police service to now go and be deployed for election security and you know what it means,” he said.
But in an interview with ABC News, Mr Obiri Boahen rubbished the claims by the NDC indicating that it has nothing to do with the Ayawaso West Wuogon violence.
He noted that the President owes nobody explanations on his decision, suggesting that the NDC is talking form an “uninformed ignorant perspective”.
“Under the constitution of Ghana, it is only the President who has that mandate to appoint and to reshuffle his ministers and therefore once the President has come back the President owes nobody an apology to explain why he has done that.
“As for the people like Asiedu Nketia they can read their own meanings into that; nobody cares,” he said, directing that anybody who is not comfortable with the decision to seek redress in court.
“Ayawaso West Wuogon election is immaterial; the President has done his appointment. The President issued a whitepaper, that is it; the whitepaper is the legal position of the government and that is all.
“I mean this is not the first time such a thing has happened and this won’t be the last time that a whitepaper will be issued in respect of a commission of inquiry. So the whitepaper has been issued and if you are not satisfied the remedy is that you can go to court,” Mr Obiri Boahen stressed.