A petition to the party executives requesting that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) leadership in the parliament not be changed has been signed by 48 members of parliament who support the NDC.
According to Komla Klutse, the MPs want the decision reversed since they feel it is unpopular.
According to Komla, the MPs have convened a special session of Parliament at which Asiedu Nketia, the National Chairman, and Fifi Kwetey, the General Secretary, would be present.
A few NDC lawmakers, including Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, voiced dismay at the party’s plan to restructure its parliamentary leadership.
Haruna Iddrisu, the representative for Tamale South, was replaced as minority leader on Tuesday, January 24, by Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the member of parliament for the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam Constituency.
Moreover, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah of Ellembelle takes over for James Klutse Avedzi in that position as well.
The Tamale Central MP said there had been no caucus input at all before to the release in a statement made on TV3’s News 360 on Tuesday, January 24, following the announcement of the decision.
“Every single Member of Parliament is surprised,” he iterated.
“And I can tell you that even those who have been proposed to take leadership, some of them are surprised that such a proposal is made without even consulting them.”
Furthermore, he criticized the method of communication, claiming that, like many other NDC MPs, as an MP he learned of the decision via social media.
“That is not how things are done,” he iterated.
“The NDC is a democratic party. We have touted ourselves as the pacesetters of this democracy. The NDC gave birth to the 1992 Constitution for which reason we have all collectively agreed to chart the path of democracy.”
Moreover, he said that the NDC should be the last to reject democratic principles and that doing so without engaging the group or caucus reeks of disrespect in his eyes.
The former Nanton MP claimed that his involvement in the Sixth and even the Eighth Parliaments has convinced him that the party’s leadership and caucus actively discuss one another before making such decisions.
“How do you choose leaders for a group without consulting that group?” he questioned.
“Who told you that the group will be comfortable with the people you have chosen?
Now if the group were not comfortable with the people you have chosen, then that will be the beginning of a failure of that particular leadership,” he emphasized.