A National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) has admitted that some of his colleagues were bribed by the ministerial nominees prior to the secret ballot on Friday, March 24.
There has been general disappointment within the rank and file of the largest opposition party after its MPs failed to reject the six ministerial nominees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo despite a directive from the party leadership to do so.
After a heated debate on the report of the Appointments Committee on Thursday, March 23, the motion was put to secret voting the following day.
All the nominees eventually sailed through much to the chagrin of the NDC and its leadership.
Speaking on the matter on TV3‘s The Keypoints on Saturday, March 25, Cape Coast South MP George Kweku Ricketts-Hagan said some of the Majority MPs told them in the face that “some of our people have been bought”.
He said this matter was taken seriously by the leadership of the Minority Caucus and some of his colleagues were approached and interrogated.
The former Deputy Finance Minister said some of the culprit NDC MPs denied and said “all sort of things”.
For him, there is no doubt that bribery took place prior to the voting process.
“I don’t know how much they gave them but I don’t think what they gave them will solve their problems,” he fumed, condemning the seeming treachery by his colleague MPs.
He has called for investigations into the incident, saying if not unravelled some of them will no longer engage in any voting process in the House.
I haven’t slept since last night; we’ve disgraced ourselves – Ricketts-Hagan on approval of ministers
Prior to the votes on Friday, the Minority was confident of having some members of the Majority on its side, given a precedent that saw the election of the Speaker of Parliament in 2021.
Minority Leader Dr Cassiel Ato Baah Forson had told journalists that his caucus was ready for the secret ballot but the Majority was rather running away from it. This was after the Speaker had suspended sitting to meet leadership of the House.
He was taken aback by the outcome.
“Once again, I want to express my disappointment, but I am also grateful for the efforts of those who worked to represent our collective vision for a better Ghana,” he wrote on Saturday. “Let us continue to strive toward a brighter future.”