Minority reshuffle: Refrain from further comments – NDC C’cil of Elders to MPs, party leadership
The Council of Elders of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged its Members of Parliament, Party leadership at all levels and all concerned persons to refrain from further public pronouncements on the appointment of new party leaders in Parliament.
According to the Council of Elders, “this is a time to be circumspect in order not to play into the hands of our detractors”.
The elders gave the advice in a statement acknowledging receipt of a petition from some members of the NDC Parliamentary caucus regarding recent appointments to leadership positions.
On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, the NDC sent a letter to the Speaker of Parliament signed by General Secretary Fifi Kwetey announcing Dr Cassiel Ato Forson as the new Minority Leader.
He is to be assisted by Mr Emmanual Armah Kofi Buah as Deputy Minority Leader.
This means Haruna Iddrisu and Mr James Klutse Avedzi, are no longer the Minority Leader and Deputy Minority Leader respectively.
The statement named a new Minority Whip in the person of Mr Kwame Agbodza who replaces Muntaka Mubarak.
The First Deputy Whip remains Mr Ibrahim Ahmed and the Second Deputy Whip remains Comfort Doyoe Ghansah.
Following this announcement, the Minority caucus has been divided with some supporting the move and others against it.
The Council of Elders has assured the rank and file of the Party of an early and principled resolution of the issues.
Read details of the statement below:
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NDC COUNCIL OF ELDERS ON THE RECENT CHANGES IN NDC PARLIAMENTARY CAUCUS LEADERSHIP.
The Council of Elders of the NDC acknowledges receipt of a petition from some members of the NDC Parliamentary caucus regarding recent appointments to leadership positions.
The Council has initiated steps to act expeditiously on the petition and related matters. While this process is underway, the Council urges our Honourable Members of Parliament, Party leadership at all levels and all concerned persons to refrain from further public pronouncements on the matter in the larger interest of our great NDC. This is a time to be circumspect in order not to play into the hands of our detractors.
The Council assures the rank and file of the Party of an early and principled resolution of the issues and ultimately, the NDC will emerge stronger and more united.
We urge all members of the NDC to re-dedicate themselves to working for victory in the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in 2024, to alleviate the suffering of the Ghanaian people.
Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu
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