One of the spokespersons for the inner caucus group of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs who have asked for the dismissal of Ken Ofori-Atta as the finance minister, Andy Appiah-Kubi has emphasised that the group shall not depart from its position though the generality of the NPP MPs have acceded to President Akufo-Addo’s plea for Ofori-Atta to finish the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The Asante Akim North MP in an interview with Alfred Ocansey on 3FM Sunrise Morning Show on Thursday 27 October, 2022 confirmed that the majority group had a meeting with the President and reached a consensus to allow Ken Ofori-Atta to complete the IMF negotiations and presentation of the 2023 budget.
“The inner caucus group which I am a part of will not move from the position we took at the press conference” he iterated.
Mr. Appiah-Kubi further assured that they are going to have a meeting on the matter to take a decision that will respond to the expression of the general public and interest groups. He added that if the need be, they will organize another press conference to state their position notwithstanding the belief of many others.
“Don’t forget that the whole IMF program will end in April but the first phase which is necessary for our budgetary business will end next week. Our understanding is that at that point the president would perpetuate our request. Give and take, the maximum it can run up to is December before Christmas. All things be equal, we expect that to happen latest by 21 December, 2022” the legislator told 3FM Sunrise.
Some members of the Majority caucus on Tuesday, October 25 demanded the removal of the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, and the Minister of State at the Ministry, Charles Adu Boahen, over the poor management of the country’s economy.
They threatened to boycott all parliamentary businesses of the government if this demand was not met. However a press statement which is in circulation indicates that the majority group has considered the plea by President Akufo-Addo to allow the finance minister complete the ongoing IMF negotiations.
By Samuel Afriyie Owusu|3news.com|Ghana