NDC must not change its leadership in Parliament – GAR Chairman


Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Ade Coker has dismissed calls for the leadership of the party in parliament to be changed.

Such a move, he said, will rather disturb the NDC and breed speculation.

The opposition, he said, should concentrate on correcting the wrongs rather than attempt making the leadership in Parliament a scapegoat for the decision of the entire Minority group.

Mr. Ade Coker was speaking on TV3’s analytical programme The Key Points on Saturday 3rd April 2021 with host Abena Tabi, following the internal squabble that has hit the NDC.

Chaos erupted in the party after the approval of all the President’s ministerial nominees leading to the resignation of MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, from Parliament’s Appointments Committee.

This led to calls for a total change in the leadership of Parliament with Ras Mubarak, a former MP, claiming the resignation is a statement of failure on the Haruna Iddrisu-led opposition.

Mr. Coker, however, argued there is no need for such action and that it will rather muddy the waters.

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He said, “We need to remain focused and also be circumspect. It is premature to attempt to change leader.”

“There is a lot of speculations regarding what led to the resignation of Mr Ablakwa from the Committee. This is a result of the failure of Mr Ablakwa to give reasons for his resignation.”

“There is the need to know the voting line of Mr Ablakwa when he was on the Committee during the vetting of President Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees.”

“In future, your voting record in parliament can be pulled out. If you go to the US, there is nothing like consensus.”

“We will have to find out during the vetting process what his [Ablakwa’s] voting line was. That will determine and help us to make a judgment on what he is saying about principles.

“If you had consistently voted against the nominees then it looks like well, then you can say is of no use for me to still be on the committee.”

“I want to know how the voting pattern went. if the voting pattern went in such a way that you lost, then you are obliged to accept the results of what has taken place but here we are they only come and tell us it is consensus.”

He added, “the resignation gives room for conjecture, it gives room for a lot of rumours against the NDC.”

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