A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Hackman Owusu Agyeman, has advised members of the party to desist from putting undue pressure on the President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, ahead of his ministerial appointments.
Mr. Owusu Agyeman, who is a former Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, said Nana Akufo-Addo should be allowed to name his own ministers at his own time ahead of his official swearing-in on January 7.
His comment followed an appeal Akufo-Addo made to the National Executive Committee of the NPP on Thursday to give him more time to announce his proposed ministers.
“It does not work that way. It is a prerogative of the president-elect. The constitution is absolutely clear; it is in the bosom of the president-elect. It has always been like that,” Mr. Agyeman noted in an interview on Friday.
The president-elect is expected to present the list of his proposed ministers to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NPP for review.
A meeting between him and NEC on Thursday to deliberate on the matter, ended without a decision being taken on which personalities would serve as ministers in the incoming government.
Meanwhile, another meeting has been scheduled between the President-elect and the NEC to bring closure on the matter.
There have been reports of lobbying for various positions in Akufo-Addo’s incoming government.
Some smaller opposition parties have also stated that their members would accept positions in Nana Akufo-Addo’s administration if they are offered the opportunity.
Speaking in an interview recently, the National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah, said an appointment from the Nana Akufo-Addo led administration to any member of the PNC would not be out of place.
“The PNC in the past has had some members of the party serve under Kufuor’s government and even under the late John Evans Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama administration.
So it is not new that you will have PNC members serve in governments that are not of the PNC. So the PNC cannot restrict Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP from making appointment of people they believe will be able to serve the nation.