THE GENERAL Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, Lawyer Justin Frimpong Kodua, has on behalf of the national executives asked Members of Parliament belonging to the Majority side to abstain from the vote of censure proceedings commenced by the Minority Group.
Speaking to the media after releasing a statement on Wednesday to demand for the abstention of the Majority Group, Lawyer Kodua said the censure processes are being done by the Minority in bad faith and wit ill intent.
He noted that the group only wants to play the NPP against the Finance Minister.
He therefore urged the majority group not to participate in procedure in Parliament when the proceedings are moved.
GO carries the statement underneath as the General Secretary copied to its stables.
Statement By NPP On Its MPs:
The leadership of the New Patriotic Party, following broader consultations and engagements with stakeholders, has resolved and hereby directs all members of the Majority Caucus in Parliament to abstain from a scheduled vote of censure being sought by the Minority Caucus against Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance.
By this directive, the leadership of the Majority Caucus especially the Whips are to ensure that no Member of the Majority Caucus partakes in this exercise by the Minority Group in Parliament
While the National Executive body acknowledges the prevailing socio-economic conditions in the country and the need for urgent remedial interventions, it is our utmost position that the demand of the NDC-led Minority Caucus is ill-intended and aimed at derailing government’s efforts at resolving current socio-economic upheavals.
The leadership acknowledges that the Minister for Finance is the leader of government’s negotiation team with the International Monetary Fund. Considering that negotiation with the IMF is nearly completed, the National Executive body of the Party strongly believes that the removal of the lead person spearheading the negotiation may adversely impact the progress made thus far.
It is worth noting that when similar calls were made for the head of Mr. Seth Tepker, the then Minister for Finance during the socio-economic turbulence under the erstwhile Mahama administration in 2015, the NDC-led Majority Caucus objected to those calls and rose to the defence of Mr. Tekper, a clear indication that the NDC lacks credibility on this matter.
Accordingly, neither the NPP nor its Members of Parliament will lend support to this mischievous move by the NDC legislators as it is one of their many ill-motivated and self-serving but unpatriotic moves to sabotage the NPP government and frustrate the administration of the country.
The leadership of the NPP wishes to assure our Members of Parliament and the Ghanaian populace that there are ongoing internal engagements aimed at addressing legitimate concerns expressed by various stakeholders regarding the management of the economy, including calls for the resignation or dismissal of the Minister for Finance.
JUSTIN KODUA FRIMPONG, General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)
By Michael Ofosu-Afriyie