The Volta Regional branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has given its blessing to the resignation of North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, from Parliament’s Appointments Committee.
According to them, Ablakwa’s move resonates with the party’s grassroot and the overwhelming majority of NDC members in the region and beyond.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa announced his resignation from the Appointments Committee on Wednesday 30th March, stating in a letter to the Speaker that the decision was for personal reasons and on principle.
His resignation comes in the wake of controversies between the Minority in Parliament and party folks following the approval of some ministerial nominees of President Akufo-Addo, particularly Ken Ofori-Atta as finance minister.
In a statement issued by the Volta regional Secretariat of the party, signed by the regional secretary, James Gunu, they said the resignation of Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa will cause the necessary change in the Minority Caucus leadership.
“We believe equally that, Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa and other principled MPs on the Minority side will cause the necessary change in direction from within so that the fading hopes of a hung Parliament will be restored,” the statement read.
“We wish to reiterate our full support for the noble action of the North Tongu legislator,” the statement added.
The NDC Minority in Parliament has come under intense scrutiny and public backlash despite having been glorified for their resilience on the eve of January 7 in electing the Speaker of Parliament.
The situation has led to calls from the public for a change of leadership for the caucus but some also think that such a move could further divide them.