He described it as a self-inflicted embarrassment and said, “we the minority disgraced ourselves. After whipping up the excitement of people we are not going to approve the new ministers, we turn around and do otherwise.”
Speaking on the Key Points on TV3, Ricketts-Hagan further said the approval was sabotage against the current minority leadership by supporters of the previous leaders.
He believes that some National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawmakers are still pained by the way and manner the previous leaders of the Minority were removed.
“This is sabotage,” he said, adding that the opposition lawmakers have embarrassed themselves by approving the nominees.
Justice Kingsley Koomson had 139 “Yes” votes while 133 voted “No”. Justice Ernest Yao Gaewu also had 138 “Yes” votes and 134 “No” votes.
Parliament also approved all the ministerial nominees of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo after a vote. The Speaker, Alban Bagbin, after the ballot on Friday, March 24, said “Honorable Members, at long last collation of votes has ended.
In the register of 275 eligible voters, 3 voters were absent, so 272 did exercise their franchise.”
He went ahead to announce the results of the voting which are as follows: Honourable KT Hammond 154 Yes, 116 Nos, rejected 1, Bryan Acheampong, 167 Yes, 98 Nos, rejected 4, abstention 3. Stephen Asamoah Boateng 147 Yes, 122 Nos, 3 abstentions.
Mohammed Amin Adams 152 Yes, 117 Nos, rejected 1, abstentions 2. Osei Bonsu Amoah 149 Yes, 120 Nos, abstentions 3, Stephen Amoah 146 yes, 123 nos, 3 abstentions.
Ricketts-Hagan further said he had not slept since the previous night and is disappointed by the outcome of the vote.
However, he clarified that the previous leaders of the Minority may not have had a role to play in sabotaging the current leaders.