The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on its rank and file to remain calm over the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister by consensus in Parliament.
It would be recalled that after the NDC MPs joined in the approval of some three ministers, the party criticized as traitors because the party had clearly instructed that those three should not be approved.
Ken Ofori-Atta was one nominee that NDC had always stated that they will never approve as Minister for a number of reasons – the banking sector cleanup, Agyapa Royalties deal, Frontier Healthcare deal, oil revenue management, and the sky-rocketing debt to GDP ratio among others.
But the Minority in Parliament gave its full support to his approval explaining that since he “messed” that the economy, he must face the music instead saddling someone else with it.
A former NDC MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak thinks the Minority’s reason for supporting the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta is untenable because, as he put it, no one will give his car to a driver who deliberately crash the car previously.
But the NDC General Secretary, in a statement said the decision to support the approval of the finance minister by consensus was discussed with the party leaders and the Council of Elders.
“Following what transpired previously in respect of vetting and approval of some ministers designate, the Minority leadership, the Party leadership as well as the Council of Elders have engaged in extensive consultations with the view to adopt a common position based on the exigencies of the situation,” the statement said.
Asiedu Nketiah therefore urged all members of the Party to remain circumspect when the need for reaction arises, adding that the the NDC Parliamentary Caucus and Functional Executive Committee will be fully briefed on the matter.