Member of Parliament for New Edubiase, Mr Adams Abdul Salam has urged members of the NDC to calm down following the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister.
The MP who is not happy about the approval of Ofori-Atta said although the opposition NDC did not want the Finance Minister approved, they did not have the numbers to reject him despite their earlier position.
Reacting to the controversy surrounding Ofori-Atta’s approval, Mr Salam said “all the questions that needed to be asked… were asked. And our position on the competence of Ken ofori-Atta has not changed. We did not approve him because we thought he was credible; We did not approve him because we thought he was competent enough to change the fortunes of the country in terms of the economy.”
He continued, “All that we are saying is that, look, when you have to make some of this decisions,before we take a vote to the floor there has to be some strategy behind it.”
Asked why they still went ahead to approve Ofori-Atta despite calling him incompetent, he remarked, “So, what’s the point of taking a vote to the floor and losing out at the end of the day?”
“We do not have that powers… In reality its 137 and 136 [against the NDC] what happened with Bagbin was a different scenario.Untill we have the cooperation of some of members of the other side, we cannot have our way as we did with the Speakership.”
Ofori-Atta’s approval follows recommendations by the Appointments Committee of Parliament, after he was vetted last week.
The Minister, who returned from the US where he spent about a month receiving treatment for post COVID 19 complications, spent two days before the Committee which grilled him on some critical issues including alleged scandalous deals.
But in spite of some reservations by critics, Mr. Ofori-Atta, who was the last substantive minister to be approved, has received an overwhelming nod by the Committee.
Presenting the recommendations of the Committee, Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annor Dompreh, highlighted a number of questions the nominee was asked.
He said by consensus members recommended that the House approved the nominee as Minister responsible for Finance.
Before he was vetted NDC members cautioned their MPs in Parliament not to approve Ofori-Atta following some dubious deals he superintended in the Akufo-Addo first term.
Meanwhile the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), that had warned its MPs to disqualify Ofori-Atta, has made an interesting u-turn and now managing to calm the party’s base.
A statement from NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has urged its members to be calm, assuring the rank and file of the party to “remain circumspect when the need for reaction arise” following Ofori-Atta’s approval in Parliament Monday.
Ofori-Atta’s approval has come as a surprise not only to groups that were badly affected by the banking sector clean-up that led to thousands job losses but to the CSOs that kicked against some deals initiated by the Minister.
The Executive Director for Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), Mensah Thompson has said he is highly disappointed in the Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Appointment Committee, especially those from the NDC side.
“I’m quite worried, Eric, if that turns out to be the case. You remember we have sent a petition to Parliament, to the committee, we have raised a number of issues; we’ve received some assurance from the commitee that they were going to work on it and look at the issues to the latter,” Thompson said while reacting to the issue on Morning Update onTV XYZ.
“Apart from that, we have also submited to the committee, a list of witnesses which we wanted the comittee to invite to testify based on the issues we raised. We had also submitted hardcore evidence of the issue we raised against the nomination of Ken Ofori-Atta and we had been assured that they werr egoing to look into these issues,” he added whilst expressing shock as to why the Committee did not call the witnesses to testify during the veting.