Former President John Mahama has called on the ranks and file of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to disregard any list of NDC Members of Parliament who were purported to have voted for the approval of the new ministers appointed by President Akufo-Addo.
He said “you don’t throw away the bathing water with the baby” therefore those who voted for the approval need to be talked to and not gagged.
Mr. Mahama made the call at Ellembelle Constituency in the Western Region when he toured the constituency as part of his tour to canvas vote for the flagbearership position of the NDC.
The NDC goes to polls on May 13, 2023, to elect who lead them in the 2024 elections and also various parliamentary candidates.
After hours of deliberation, Parliament approved the nominations of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-new Addo’s ministers.
The Minority caucus in Parliament earlier insisted on having the voting on President Nana Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees done today after the exercise was suspended.
The NDC asked all its MPs not to support the approval of the nominees.
Despite the absence of three MPs from the majority party in Parliament, all nominees were approved in a secret ballot.
The outcome of Thursday’s vote indicates several members of the Minority voted for the approval of the ministerial nominees.
Former President Mahama said there are so many voting that is expected in Parliament that will need the input of the MPs who voted for the approval of the new minister of this administration.
“Yesterday, something happened in Parliament that we were all not happy about and I have seen some fake lists on social media indicating that those MPs voted against the NDC. The list is alleging that they voted against NDC and it is a fake list. And so I am urging all NDC supporters to ignore it”, former President Mahama said in Twi.
The Deputy Minority Leader in Parliament, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah said the minority will look for the thirty-one National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament who voted for the approval of the Ministers of the current government.
The Member of Parliament of Ellembelle Constituency in the Western Region said such MPs are needed by the Minority since there would be more of such votes ahead which will need their votes to sail through as a minority.
He said the majority of the NDC MPs voted for the NDC and so people should not ram the entire NDC MPs who stood for the NDC.
“We shall look for the thirty-one MPs who voted for the approval and talk to them because we have several of Cis ahead of us”, Mr. Armah Kofi Buah explained.