The Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged party followers to be mindful of their utterances following recent developments that have caused tension within the party regarding the approval of some ministers of Akufo-Addo.
The approval of Ministers nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the course of the week did not go down well with some members of the main opposition party.
Particularly for National Communications Officer Sammy Gyamfi, who berated the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin and some other party big wigs, accusing them of helping the agenda of the President for their selfish interest.
“Comrades, the betrayal we have suffered in the hands of the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin, the leadership of our Parliamentary group, particularly Hon. Haruna Iddrissu and Hon. Muntaka Mubarak, and dozens of our own MPs, is what strengthens me to work hard for the great NDC to regain power.
“They brazenly defied the leadership of the party and betrayed the collective good for their selfish interest. And we, must not let them succeed in their parochial quest to destroy the NDC, the party that has done so much for them and all of us. The shame they have brought on the party will forever hang like an albatross around their necks,” part of a write-up on the Facebook wall of Sammy Gyamfi said on Wednesday.
But at an emergency meeting on Thursday, March 4, 2021, the Functional Executive Committee discussed the disappointments among members with regards to the approval of the ministers even when some of the nominees had issues.
Looking to restore calm among members, the Functional Executive Committee of the NDC has through a press release charged followers to be cautious about their utterances at this critical time.
“We urge party members to be circumspect with their utterances so as not to play into the unwitting hands of detractors lurking in wait to exploit the current uneasy situation,” part of a press release signed by Kakra Essamuah has said.
The release concludes, “We remain confident that the party will emerge from this more united and focused to take on the failed Akufo-Addo government of greedy and corrupt family and friends even as the NDC pursues its vision of a more egalitarian and inclusive Ghana.”
Read the full press release from the Functional Executive Committee below:
Friday, 5th March, 2021
For Immediate Release:
NDC Consults Council of Elders on Issues in Parliament
The Functional Executive Committee (FEC) of the National Democratic Congress at its emergency meeting held yesterday March 4, 2021 discussed recent developments relating to the work of the NDC Caucus in Parliament vis a vis approval of the President’s nominees for a number of Ministerial positions.
The meeting noted the public concerns over the approval process relative to what transpired during the vetting process which was followed eagerly by people. FEC is of the considered view that, whatever the disappointments and disagreements may be, especially from among the rank and file of the party, care should be taken not to allow these to degenerate into unnecessary bickering at the expense of party discipline and cohesion.
We are also of the view that, urgent action is required to deal with the matter and for that matter we have initiated consultation process with the Party’s Council of Elders in this regard. It is in our collective interest as a party, to address challenges facing the caucus leadership and backbench as a whole. This task will be tackled expeditiously so as to preserve the unity, cohesion and resilience of the NDC parliamentary Caucus.
Meanwhile, we urge party members to be circumspect with their utterances so as not to play into the unwitting hands of detractors lurking in wait to exploit the current uneasy situation.
We remain confident that the party will emerge from this more united and focused to take on the failed Akufo-Addo government of greedy and corrupt family and friends even as the NDC pursues its vision of a more egalitarian and inclusive Ghana.
ISSUED IN ACCRA ON 5TH DAY OF MARCH, 2021