Some supporters of the National Democratic Congress in Tamale in the Northern Region have massed up at the party’s regional office over the surprising shake-up in the party’s parliamentary leadership.
JoyNews’ Regional Correspondent, Martina Bugri reports that the supporters say the decision will not augur well for the party. They want the leadership of the party to rescind the decision or face their wrath.
In a terse message announcing the changes on Tuesday, the party said Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson takes over from Haruna Iddrisu as the Minority Leader, while Ellembelle MP, Kofi Armah Boah replaces James Klutse Avedzi as Deputy Minority Leader.
In a statement signed by NDC General Secretary Fifi Kwetey, Kwame Agbodza becomes the Chief Whip for the opposition side and will be deputised by Banda MP, Ahmed Ibrahim and Ada legislator, Comfort Doyo Ghansah respectively.
The former Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu and Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak has been in Parliament for close to 20 years. Thus, their removal is being opposed by Tamale Central MP who believes the party is only bringing in inexperienced legislators to steer the affairs of the Minority Caucus.
He said the party ought to have consulted the leadership in Parliament before taking such a decision.
“The timing is completely wrong. What is the basis of changing our parliamentary leadership?”, Murtala Mohammed decried.
“They are only taking away the most experienced leaders and bringing the less experienced ones. Nobody told them we are dissatisfied with the leadership.
“Who told them we are unhappy with their performance?”, the disgruntled lawmaker quizzed.