The former New Patriotic Party Constituency Chairman for New Juaben North, Mr Kwadwo Boateng Agyemang has said that some of the NPP MPs who want the finance minister and the minister of state at the finance ministry to be sacked are doing that out of their own selfish interest.
According to him, the 80 NPP MPs did not think about the party meanwhile they are in parliament in the name of the party.
He noted that, the MP for Asante-Akim North, Hon. Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi and MP for Subin, Hon. Eugene Boakye Antwi were all part of President Akufo-Addo’s first term in office so if it is not for their personal gains, how can they turn against the same administration.
Mr. Kwadwo Boateng added that, the party executives and members will not allow these MPs to spoil the party because everybody is aware that its covid-19 and Russia-Ukraine war that has messed up the country’s economy and not the Finance Minister.
He is also related that, some of these same NPP MPs have earlier on defended the party on many media platforms that, the economic crisis is as a result of covid-19 and Russia-Ukraine war but are now blaming the Finance Minister.
He also added that, the NPP MPs of the 8th Parliament has been benefiting a lot from President Akufo-Addo because of the hung parliament issue affecting majority caucus.
He noted that, the Majority caucus has been using that as opportunity to blackmail the government but for the sake of the party, have decided not to voice it out.
He stressed that, those NPP MPs calling for the head of Ken Ofori Atta should continue their political career on an independent ticket to know how the NPP party has been beneficial to them.
He advised them to stop calling for the sacking of Ken Ofori|Atta as finance minister because that shows that they don’t know their responsibility in the party and not loyal to it.
He made this revelation in an interview with on Accra based Neat FM monitored by TodayGhanaMedia.com
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Pressure from Majority in Parliament
The Majority Caucus in Parliament on Wednesday issued a statement following a surprise announcement on Tuesday by some of its members who had called for the removal of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta and Minister of State for Finance Charles Adu Boahene.
Wednesday’s press statement by the Majority Caucus, signed by Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, MP, Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, confirmed a much anticipated, but quick, meeting between President Nana Akufo-Addo and his party’s MPs about the surprise announcement, with Members of Parliament (MPs) of the governing National Patriotic Party (NPP) pledging to back the President.
According to the statement, the President has requested that the matter be delayed and “acted upon” after “the conclusion of the round of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)” as well as the next presentation of the budget statement and economic policy”. This is to be followed by the passage of the Appropriation Bill, which is also a few weeks away.
The Majority Caucus, in their press statement, said that after internal discussions among their rank and file on Wednesday, they had “agreed to accede to the President’s appeal”.
In the meantime, analysts have pondered over the timing of Tuesday’s surprise announcement with looming fears over the uncertainty of the state of the country’s economic health should the Finance Ministers step aside, especially at a watershed moment. The two are currently leading negotiations on Ghana’s 17th return to the IMF. They are also in the middle of a yet-to-be finalised debt restructuring programme.
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