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Haruna Was Successful In Many Regards, I Will Work With Him - Ato Forson Speaks After Appointment


Dr Cassiel Ato Forson , the newly-appointed Minority Leader has recognized that his immediate predecessor Haruna Iddrisu achieved a lot of successes while serving in that capacity.

To that end, Dr Forson said he and his team will work hand in hand with the members of the Haruna leadership.

Speaking to journalists after visiting the headquarters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to thank the party for appointing him, he said “we came here first to thank them for the honor shown us and the confidence that they believe that we are the ones to lead the Minority in Parliament. We have also recognized that the work that has been given to us will require dedication and obviously a lot more than just sitting down. We have said that we will deliver just that.

“We have agreed with the leadership of our party that beginning today, there will be a series of activities that will be undertaken.

“The minority caucus will have our maiden meeting with our leadership and the party leadership on Tuesday 31st  of January 2023. It is our hope that in the meeting we will resolve all outstanding issues and we will also wish to assure our former leaders that this new leadership will work with them in good faith. We know obviously that  the Honorable Haruna’s  leadership chalked a lot of successes.”

The appointment of new Minority Leaders has divided the members of the minority caucus.

For instance, Member of Parliament for Zebilla East, Cletus Avoka said the Speaker of Parliament has not informed the Minority caucus and the entire House of any changes made to the leadership of the Minority therefore, Haruna Iddrisu and the other leaders of the opposition lawmakers who were removed still remain at post.

Addressing a press conference in Parliament on Thursday, January 26, he said “For us there is no reshuffle yet, the Speaker has not communicated to us.”

Aswase Member of Parliament Muntaka Mubarak who was also affected by the changes asked his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to sit up.

Muntaka is unhappy with the changes that have been made to the leadership of the Minority by the party.

He believes that the decision was made by a few executives although the statement announcing it was signed by the General Secretary Fifi Kwetey.

“If you cannot write a letter to appoint, how can you write to disappoint?” He asked at the press conference.

He added “We don’t want to create enmity among us unnecessarily, we believe that the right process should be followed.”

He further stated if “the right process is followed we will be happy and thank them for the opportunity to serve.

“We hope that they will help fast-track the hearing of the issues.”

The decision to change the leadership created division among the minority caucus.

National Chairman of the NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia and the General Secretary Fifi Kwetey will be attending the meeting.

So far, forty-eight of the opposition lawmakers have signed a petition to the party executives to reverse their decision.

According to them, the decision is unpopular for which they wanted it reversed.

Some of the NDC MPs including Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed expressed shock at the decision by the NDC to change the party’s leadership in Parliament.

The decision was made known on Tuesday, January 24 with the Member of Parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam Constituency, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, replacing Tamale South legislator Haruna Iddrisu as Minority Leader. Ellembelle’s Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah also replaces James Klutse Avedzi as Deputy Minority Leader.

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia said the decision was taken based on the current trend of debate on national issues.

“The debates and the other discussions will focus on the economy so you need to put your best man in the economy forward, that is what we have done,” he told Accra-based Joy FM.

“We also looked at energy. These petroleum and electricity challenges and so we needed to settle on Kofi-Armah Buah, our former Energy Minister to be the Deputy Minority Leader and then the other area is infrastructure, Kwame Agbodza being our man in infrastructure should play a key role. So that generally is what informed the changes.”

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