Kwasi Pratt goes after NDC for removing Haruna; says its reckless

Mr. Kwasi Pratt - Managing Editor, Insight Newspaper
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Mr. Kwasi Pratt, the Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper has said removing Haruna Iddrisu as the Minority Leader in Parliament by the Leadership of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) is reckless.

He said this has created room for speculation within other NDC political opponents, which to him is unnecessary.

“This is a reckless move, absolutely reckless move. So what have you achieved? You have created conditions for all manner of speculations. I was listening to some of my friends in the NPP discuss this matter, come and see, it’s like they have won a bonanza.

“One of them actually went to the extent of saying John Mahama directed this move because he has a rift with Haruna, he wants to show Haruna some sense. This is not true, John Mahama was not comfortable with this move,” Mr. Pratt said this on Radio Gold’s political show Alhaji and Alhaji.

Mr. Pratt, asserted that removal of Haruna will affect the fortunes of the NDC in the north, because the popularity of the Tamale South MP is legendary.

“His popularity is legendary and anytime he has been touched, there have been repercussions. He is not God, he is not all-knowing, he is not omnipotent, he is not omnipresent, he can be removed. But if you want to remove him there are things that you have to do knowing the political circumstances. Were those things done?” Mr. Kwasi Pratt asked.

The outgoing Minority Leader, according to Mr. Pratt has his shortcomings, he is the primus inter pares in the Northern region.

“Haruna Iddrisu may have all his faults, but he is the primus inter pares [first amongst equals] in the Northern Region. I have been to Tamale on many occasions, I went to school in Tamale, and I know Tamale fairly well. This is a man who comes to Tamale and he doesn’t drive a car. I have seen him riding just an ordinary bicycle moving from place to place holding caucuses in the streets, and playing cards with members. I have seen him on a motorbike going to funerals and so on,” Mr. Pratt noted.

There have been some disagreements amongst the Minority caucus after the party replaced Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu with Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson.

Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, MP for Ellembelle also replaced Ketu North MP, James Klutse Avedzi as the Deputy Minority Leader while Kwame Governs Agbodza replaced Asawase MP, Muntaka Mubarak as the Minority Chief Whip.

Some MPs signed a petition to reject the decision of the party over lack of consultation. Another set of MPs also petitioned the leadership of the NDC to ignore calls for the reshuffling to be reversed.

But the Council of Elders of the National Democratic Congress subsequently called on both sides to cease fire.

Source: Frontpageghana


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