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Gyampo: Overhaul Minority leadership in Parliament

University of Ghana lecturer, Professor Ransford Gyampo, believes the leadership of the Minority caucus in Parliament needs major overhauling

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  • "Something must be done to the leadership of the minority group in parliament. The current NDC leadership in parliament isn’t the same leadership that fought for the principles of secret balloting to be respected in the election of Speaker of Parliament. This is not the leadership that snatched the Speakership of Parliament from the NPP."

Associate professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo, is calling for an overhaul of the leadership of the Minority in Parliament.

It follows recent resignation of North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, from the appointments committee of Parliament in the aftermath of the approval of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.

“Something must be done to the leadership of the minority group in parliament. The current NDC leadership in parliament isn’t the same leadership that fought for the principles of secret balloting to be respected in the election of Speaker of Parliament. This is not the leadership that snatched the Speakership of Parliament from the NPP,” Gyampo posted on Facebook.

He added: “They must either be brought back on track or there should be a total overhaul. If this won’t be done by the party’s leadership outside parliament, the grassroots must do so.  The survival of the party and its fortunes in any future election, is contingent on a timeous response to this selfishness being displayed in Parliament, that disregards the fact that some even had to die to produce the kind of Hung Parliament we now have.”

Prof Gyampo believes overhauling the leadership of the Minority in Parliament is crucial in reviving the current parliament to play its role effectively.

“Reinvigorating the current Hung parliament to be able to play its role as countervailing authority to the powers of the executive, is also dependent on how responsive the party takes the call for an overhaul of its leadership in parliament,” he said.

He further commended Ablakwa and Bolga Central MP, Isaac Adongo, for their stance in the wake of the approval of Ofori-Atta.

“The two MPs who have so far demonstrated that they have conviction, must be saluted. It doesn’t lie in the mouth of those who have benefitted from the politics of convenience of the minority group, to critique the action of those who have taken exception to the conduct of their leaders in Parliament.”

Below is the full post:

What is going on in the NDC NOW, isn’t about power struggle. It’s about the backfiring of the perpetuation of unwise politics of convenience, that satisfies the selfish needs of the party’s leadership in Parliament, and ignores the sacrifice of their foot soldiers, the real owners of the party.,

The outcome of the 2020 Parliamentary Election was a marching order from the Ghanaian sovereign constituents to their elected parliamentarians, particularly from the minority group, to go take tough stance that checks the executive arm of government and keeps it on its toes. Striking inexplicable deals behind the scenes, just for the purposes of supporting governmental moves and nominations that ought to be looked at with much trepidation, weren’t part of the marching orders.

Something must be done to the leadership of the minority group in parliament. The current NDC leadership in parliament isn’t the same leadership that fought for the principles of secret balloting to be respected in the election of Speaker of Parliament.  This is not the leadership that snatched the Speakership of Parliament from the NPP.

They must either be brought back on track or there should be a total overhaul. If this won’t be done by the party’s leadership outside parliament, the grassroots must do so.  The survival of the party and its fortunes in any future election, is contingent on a timeous response to this selfishness being displayed in Parliament, that disregards the fact that some even had to die to produce the kind of Hung Parliament we now have.

Reinvigorating the current Hung parliament to be able to play its role as countervailing authority to the powers of the executive, is also dependent on how responsive the party takes the call for an overhaul of its leadership in parliament.

The two MPs who have so far demonstrated that they have conviction, must be saluted. It doesn’t lie in the mouth of those who have benefitted from the politics of convenience of the minority group, to critique the action of those who have taken exception to the conduct of their leaders in Parliament.

Fred Dzakpata

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