Provide guidance to guarantee 2024 victory …Council of Elders urges Minority Caucus
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged the new Minority Caucus leadership to provide the guidance that will guarantee a resounding victory for the party in the 2024 general elections.
The party’s Council of Elders also called for unity of purpose within the caucus as letting peace prevail would give the party the undivided attention to win the trust of the people.
“Let us not do anything to hamper the clear opportunity the NDC has to emerge victorious in the 2024 elections”, a statement signed by the NDC council of Elders Chair, Alhaji Mahama Iddrissu has said.
The NDC on January 24, made some changes to its leadership in Parliament with Ranking Member of the Finance Committee and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam Constituency in the Central Region, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, replacing Tamale South MP, Haruna Iddrisu as the Minority Leader.
The MP for Ellembelle Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, also replaced Ketu North MP, James Klutse Avedzi as the Deputy Minority Leader while Kwame Agbodza has also replaced Asawase MP Muntaka Mubarak as the Minority Whip.
Ahmed Ibrahim and Comfort Doyoe-Ghansah, however, maintained their positions as First and Second deputy Whips respectively, but the reshuffle erupted confusion in the party over lack of consultation.
The statement was released to announce the amicable resolution of the impasse after series of meeting in response to a petition submitted by a group of NDC MPs.
“The Council approached the engagements conscious of the need for an early resolution which will be in the best interest of the party and mindful of the imperatives of unity and cohesion at a time Ghanaians are looking up to the NDC to rescue the country from the dismal state of affairs”, it said.
The statement said though, the party’s leadership had the right to rotate the frontline of the parliamentary caucus, the processes needed to be improved to address issues like approach, level of consultation, timing as well as the mode of notifying the affected persons, which were lacking in the recent appointment.
It said leadership of the party, had been asked, to as a matter of urgency, accelerate work on the draft framework of rules to guide decisions relating to matters such as the appointment of parliamentary leadership of the party.
“The Council regrets the media altercations that took place in the aftermath of the leadership changes and the failure of the protagonists to resort to the internal grievance resolution mechanisms of the party to address their concerns”, it said.
The statement applauded the output of the Haruna-led minority leadership, saying “Indeed, the NDC party must not and will never forget the contributions of our three respected comrades in improving the electoral fortunes of the party.”
BY TIMES REPORTER