The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament within the majority caucus, have reneged on their stance and agreed to assist the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta for the 2023 finances passage after an intervention by the management and Council of Elders of the NPP on Tuesday night time.
An announcement dated November 22, 2022, collectively signed by the Majority Chief Whip, Annoh-Dompreh, and the General Secretary of the NPP, Justin Kodua Frimpong mentioned “it has been agreed by all to refocus and recline to the earlier position requested by President Akufo-Addo.
That is, the demand for the removal of Mr Ken Ofori-Atta from office be stood down until the conclusion of the round of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which would feed into the 2023 Budget.
This also means they have reneged on their stance not to support Mr Ofori-Atta for the presentation of the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy on November 24, 2022 on behalf of the President; and the subsequent passage of the Appropriation Bill.
The MPs had earlier in a meeting with the President agreed to these terms and to resurrect the issue only after these three items had been cleared.
But in separate media interviews, Andy Kwame Appiah-Kubi, spokesperson for the group spearheading the call for the removal of Mr Ofori-Atta said they had reneged on their stance and were no longer going to support Mr Ofori-Atta to go through the three items.
The Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu also in separate media interviews subtly supported the move and said it was no longer a call by just some 90 or something MPs in the Majority Caucus, but it was a general caucus call.
Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu in an interview with a Kumasi based radio station alleged that Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a leading member of the NPP had even accused him of being the mastermind behind moves to remove Mr Ofori-Atta from office.
Gabby on his part denied saying that Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu was the mastermind behind the moves.
Mr Otchere-Darko maintained that he had “mentioned no such factor…, both immediately or not directly”.
Read additionally: I’ve by no means accused Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu of being behind requires Ofori-Atta’s resignation – Gabby
What the Majority Leader mentioned
Speaking in Twi in an interview on Sompa Radio, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bosnu mentioned he had heard Mr Otchere-Darko accusing him of instigating requires the Finance Minister’s removing in Parliament.
The Majority Leader additionally questioned the authority of Mr Otchere-Darko to degree such allegations in opposition to him.
RESOLUTION OF IMPASSE IN THE NPP PARLIAMENTARY GROUP
Over the previous two weeks, particularly, after the President had engaged the Majority Caucus over requires the ouster of the Minister of Finance in addition to the Minister of State on the Ministry of Finance and an announcement on the engagement had been issued, the nation has witnessed a heightened public/media dialogue on similar subject material.
There have been occasional particular person interventions a few of which haven’t helped the decision of the problem in rivalry.
On the opposite hand, a few of these interventions have contributed to escalate tensions and suspicions.
At a gathering this night, the twenty second of November 2022, involving the Majority Caucus, the Leadership of the Party and the Council of Elders, it has been agreed by all to refocus and recline to the sooner place requested by the President,
1. The demand be stood down till the conclusion of the spherical of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which might feed into the 2023 Budget;
2. The presentation of the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy on the twenty fourth November 2022 by the Finance Minister on behalf of the President; and
3. The subsequent presentation and passage of the Appropriation Bill
The assembly agreed that the President would act upon the preliminary request of the NPP Parliamentary Caucus after the conclusion of those issues.
In the meantime, the Leadership of the Parliamentary group and the Leadership of the Party counselled the Honourable Members of the Parliamentary Party to resort to the Caucus communication channels and, to the most important extent potential, work collectively as one Caucus unit.
Leadership and the Party on this regard name upon the Members of Parliament to take care of all Government Businesses within the House /together with, particularly, the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy and all related issues
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