The Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch, Ben Ephson has called on the leadership of the National Democratic Congress to be truthful to its supporters on issues arising from the vetting of the President’s Minister-nominees.
He said the party leadership in parliament should admit to the fact that they do not have the numbers to oppose some decisions in the house as expected of them.
His comments comes after the Member of Parliament for North-Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa resigned from the Appointments Committee citing personal an principle grounds.
Speaking on the Key Points on TV3, the renowned pollster said “The leadership of the NDC have told their supporters the fact that they NDC, do not have the numbers. Some NDC supporters have forgotten that there is that animal called secret voting which made Bagbin the speaker. The same animal was exploited that is why many of the ministers were passed after vetting.”
But on the same program, the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the party, Ade Coker refuted the claim saying they have been factual to its followers.
He also said the calls of changing the leadership in Parliament will muddy the waters instead of solving the issues.
“There is no need to change leadership now. It will rather muddy the waters. We need to remain focused and also be circumspect. It is premature to attempt to change leader,” Mr Ade Coker said.
He further stated “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 look 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.”
Mr Coker added that the resignation of Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has given more room for rumors in the party.
Source: Ghana Waves