Mahama says Akufo-Addo didn’t seek his intervention on E-levy impasse

Former President John Dramani Mahama has revealed that he was contacted by President Akufo-Addo on the controversial E-levy matter.

Addressing the matter on his Facebook page, the former president indicated that he only received Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko who is President Akufo-Addo’s cousin on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, to discuss how the two major parties: the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) could work together in the interest of Ghanaians.

Below is Mahama’s statement:

President Akufo-Addo did not seek my intervention on the E-Levy impasse.

I received Mr. Gabby Otchere Darko, at his request, at my residence on Tuesday 21st December, 2021

Among issues we discussed was the desire of Ghanaians to see the two major political parties working together for the interest of the nation.

We discussed, also, how dialogue can be deployed to ensure Parliamentary issues are agreed consensually before coming on the floor to avoid what happened recently in the House.

We further discussed opening channels of communication between the leaders of the two parties including a possible meeting with the President at a future date.

At no time was there any discussion specifically about the President requiring my intervention in the impasse on the E-levy.

What The Visit Means

The majority group has 137 MPs plus the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Asiamah, who won the Fomena seat as an independent candidate but decided to do business with the NPP side.

Gabby  Otchere-Darko

The minority caucus on the other hand has 137 members.

Technically,  the NDC and NPP both have the same number of MPs in the law-making chamber, the reason there is always the interlocking of horns in the plenary whenever it is time to vote on various policies of the Akufo-Addo government.

It is for this reason that the ruling NPP wants to get the leadership of the NDC to reach an agreement that will be binding on the members of the Minority.

Mr. Mahama may not be able to agree to the terms of the NPP who have settled on Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko to lead the discussions for harmony in Parliament where most policies of the government will be debated.

Although he is the only former president in NDC who is alive and the most popular person in the party, the even temper and mutual respect being sought by the NPP among the two groups in Parliament cannot be sanctioned by John Mahama. Instead, the NPP will have to meet the Council of Elders and the leadership of the NDC who are the highest decision-making body in the umbrella family.

Until then, the impasse will continue in Parliament, especially when all members of the Majority side are not likely to be present in the House at all times.




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