We may need you for other duties – NDC Chairman to fmr. Minority leaders
The Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has said that Haruna Iddrisu, Muntaka Mubarak and James Klutsey Avedzi who have been removed from the party’s caucus leadership in parliament should be on standby and that the party may need them to perform other duties in the future.
His call follows agitations that have greeted the reshuffling which saw Leader Haruna Iddrisu replaced with Dr Cassiel Ato Forson as Minority Leader, Muntaka Mubarak replaced with Kwame Governs Agbodza as Minority Chief Whip and James Klutse Avedzi replaced with Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah as the Deputy Minority Leader.
The unpopular decision has triggered angry reactions by the minority lawmakers and caused them to be divided, with one section of them calling for a reversal of the reshuffle while the other section endorses the decision.
No fewer than 44 MPs signed a petition to reject the decision of the party, describing it as unfair and unpopular while 77 MPs have also signed another to throw their weight behind the party’s decision.
Reacting to the developments, Asiedu Nketia said the reshuffle is not the end of the road for the old parliamentary caucus leaders.
“We are taking this decision not because it doesn’t hurt us. All persons involved are very good friends of mine, but we have to take a decision because it’s a leadership responsibility imposed on us. And we cannot fail the nation, so wherever anybody’s talent comes in need, we will fall on that person and assign him the duty to discharge. For those who are going out of the front line of our Parliamentary leadership, it doesn’t mean that is the end of them. We may need them in other capacities, and we will go for them to perform those duties,” he told Citi News.
Meanwhile, Mustapha Gbande, the Deputy General Secretary of the NDC was attacked and beaten up by some angry youth suspected to be members of the party who stormed a radio station where he was speaking to justify the reshuffle of the leadership of the party’s caucus in parliament.
The hostile incident occurred on January 25, 2023, on the premises of Radio Tamale 91.7.
According to the media house, Gbande was eventually saved from the irate men and whisked away, but he received verbal assaults and several slaps.