The call by some New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament to the President to remove the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta and the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu Boahen, has deepened democracy within the governing party, a Deputy Director of Communications for the NPP, Ernest Owusu Bempah has said.
In his view, this development cannot happen in the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mr Owusu Bempah indicated that he cannot imagine a scenario where former President John Dramani Mahama will be in power for some NDC Lawmakers such as Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and Samuel Nartey George, MPs for North Tongu and Ningo Prampram respectively, to organize a press conference demanding that he sacks his Finance Minister Seth Terkper.
“This cannot happen in the NDC,” he said on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen show on Thursday October 27.
“This matter has deepened the democracy in NPP,” he stressed.
The Majority caucus in Parliament have threatened to boycott the presentation and debate on the 2023 budget statement if President Akufo-Addo does not remove Mr Ofori-Atta and Adu Boahen.
The NPP MPs believe that the prevailing economic situation in the country does not make it right for the two gentlemen to remain in office hence the President must ask them to go.
Addressing a press conference in Parliament on Tuesday, October 25, a lawmaker for Asante Akyem North, Andy Appiah Kubi said “We are unhappy with the developments in the country, we consulted our constituents who also expressed same sentients.
“We want the President to remove Ken Ofori and Chares Adu Boahen.
“We are by this medium communicating our strong desire that the President changes the Minister of Finance and the Minister of State in the Finance Ministry without further delay.
“We want to serve notice, and notice is hereby served that until such persons as aforementioned are made to resign or removed from office, we members of the Majority Caucus here in Parliament will not participate in any business of Government by or, for the president by any other Minster.
“We hope that those of us in the back bench and members of the Majority caucus will abide by this prayer.
“We are saying that if our request is not responded to positively, we will not be present for the budget hearing neither will we participate in the debate.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana