98 NPP MPs ‘Fuel’ The Ofori-Atta Must Go Wagon
Ghana’s Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta continues to lose grounds within and outside his political party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as Majority Caucus are unrelenting in their efforts to oust him out of office.
After ‘seemingly’ accepting to a plea by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to allow the Minister present the 2023 budget statement and conclude the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the MPs have rescinded their decision, calling for the immediate removal of the embattled Mr. Ofori-Atta.
Ninety Eight (98) Legislators of the ruling party, have pointed out that until President Akufo-Addo sacks Ofori Atta with immediate effect, they will boycott next week’s budget presentation.
MP for Asante Akyem North, Andy Appiah-Kubi, who doubles as spokesperson for the group said Ofori-Atta’s position in government has become untenable, hence the fresh demand for his resignation.
They hold, until President Akufo-Addo appoints another person apart from Ofori-Atta, they will not participate in the budget presentation and appropriation.
“We’ve gone back to (our demand for the President to) sack him now and therefore should the budget be presented under the stamp of the Finance Minister, we’ll not participate because as far as we’re concerned we’re never going to do business with him.
“And if we’re not going to do business with him, he does not participate in any process from the Presidency to the House. We will not participate in deliberations too.
“We’re not saying we won’t do President’s business. We’re saying we won’t do President’s business through Ofori-Atta. So if anybody else comes with President’s business, we’ll participate,” emphasized.
He hinted the decision resulted from a meeting held on yesterday, November 15, which was attended by 98 NPP MPs to reconsider their collective position after they agreed to relax their initial stance.
Ofori-Atta is currently facing a vote of censure from the Minority side of Parliament with public sitting Tuesday, November 15 2022.