The New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s Council of Elders and the national leadership are expected to meet members of the Majority caucus today over the future of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.
The meeting which is expected to take place at the Alisa Hotel in Accra will discuss the MPs demands for the sacking of Ofori-Atta and their subsequent threat to boycott the presentation of the 2023 Budget on Thursday.
The meeting follows reports that the Finance Minister is likely to face an empty House if he attempts to present the 2023 budget on Thursday.
The embattled minister had earlier said he will go ahead to present the budget despite calls for him to be fired.
The crunch meeting will determine whether Ofori-Atta should be allowed to present the budget or asked to sit aside for cool heads to prevail.
The budget reading was postponed from Tuesday, November 15,2022 due to the government’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) coupled with calls from the Majority caucus to prevent Ofori-Atta from presenting the forecast.
However, Ofori-Atta said he has not been notified of the grievances of his party’s MPs officially.
“Yes I expect so. I haven’t heard that (NPP MPs opposition) officially so I expect to read it,” Ofori-Atta told Joy News.
Both majority and minority members are likely to abandon the Chamber making it impossible for him to have the constitutional quorum required to proceed with the budget presentation.
The MP for Asante Akyem North, Andy Appiah-Kubi who is the spokesperson for the aggrieved NPP MPs said the 98 MPs may boycott the budget reading should Ofori-Atta show up in Parliament to present it.
Currently, the 98 NPP MPs support the call for President Akufo-Addo to immediately sack Ken Ofori-Atta.
According to them, they have no confidence in the minister as the economy takes a nose dive while inflation is consistently rising.
The believe the sacking of Ofori-Atta will help restore investor confidence and help speed up some processes expected to turn the already collapsing economy around.
As pressure swell on Akufo-Addo to fire his cousin, a former chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament, Mark Assibey-Yeboah, has described calls for the removal of the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, ahead of the 2023 budget presentation as suicidal.
Speaking on Oman FM, the former Member of Parliament for New Juaben South, urged the NPP MPs to reconsider their position.
To him, removing the Finance Minister at such a crucial hour will be dangerous for the country which is still negotiating with the IMF for a bailout.
“It will be suicidal for the minister to be taken off at this crucial hour. To what end? What will it profit us? ” Dr Assibey Yeboah.
“Even if a new minister is nominated today, it will not take this short period to vet and swear that person into office,” he advised.
“That person is likely to be sworn into office in 2023. The deputy ministers can also not perform the function of the substantive minister. Parliament can even decide not to hear a deputy minister.”