The Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu says he is fully in charge of his caucus despite suggestions that the side is in crisis.
This follows the resignation of North Tongu Member of Parliament (MP), Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, from the Appointments Committee and the Bolga Central MP’s decision to break ranks with the caucus over the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister.
A former NDC MP, Ras Mubarak has suggested that the resignation of OkuDzeto Ablakwa and the fact that a sitting MP broke ranks with the Minority Caucus is a “vote-of-no-confidence in the leadership of Haruna Iddrisu.”
Meanwhile, the NDC hierarchy had also indicated that it might reshuffle its leadership in Parliament.
But Haruna Iddrisu told journalists in Parliament the Minority caucus will weather the storm.
“I am fully in-charge. I am the Minority Leader. I just engaged the party leadership and there will be no further comments on someone’s resignation or not”, he indicated.
Ken Ofori-Atta’s approval as Minister for Finance has seen some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) chastising their representatives on the Appointments Committee for not being thorough and critical of the nominee.
For instance, Deputy Ranking Member on the Finance Committee of Parliament, Isaac Adongo said he has so many doubts about Mr. Ofori-Atta, insisting that his side should have rejected his nomination.
“I have stayed out of the media because of the question of why we approved Ken Ofori-Atta. I don’t want my name to be dragged in the mud when I do not have control over the processes leading to the approval of one of my fiercest critics,” he said.
Again, Outspoken Political Scientist, Professor Ransford Gyampo has said that the Minority Caucus’ approval of Ken Ofori-Atta raises questions about the credibility of the allegations they spewed out against the nominees for the four years he was finance Minister.
He things the Minority Caucus should no more be taken seriously after unanimously approving someone they have criticized for four years.