Minority Caucus leadership rancour a ‘needless distraction’ says Okudzeto Ablakwa

Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa calls for an end to the Minority leadership feud

MP, Samuel , has called for an end to the controversy that has surrounded the recent reshuffle in the leadership of the in . In an interview on Tuesday, Ablakwa described the rancour as a “needless distraction” from pressing national issues.

Ablakwa stressed that Ghanaians expect parliamentarians to focus on important matters and provide leadership, rather than engaging in internal disputes. He said, “The Ghanaian people… expect us [the ] to be focused on those matters [domestic debt exchange], to offer leadership, to be their voice because that is why they sent us to Parliament. So, the point I am making is that this is a needless distraction.”

The controversial reshuffle in the Minority Caucus leadership was announced in a letter dated January 23, addressed to the Speaker of Parliament. The changes saw Dr Cassiel replace Haruna Iddrissu as Minority Leader, Kofi Armah Buah succeed James Klutse Avedzi as Deputy Minority Leader and Governs Kwame Agbodza take over from Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak as Minority Chief Whip.

Ablakwa, who has maintained a neutral stance in the leadership feud, called on his NDC colleagues to resolve their differences promptly, saying that the controversy could also affect the party's activities. He said, “So some of us have been urging colleagues that we have to quickly close ranks, deal with this matter expeditiously and move on to the national issues.”

The North Tongu MP also hinted at a forthcoming caucus meeting organised by the Council of Elders of the NDC, expressing hope that the meeting would provide an opportunity for members to reach an agreement. He said, “I think that in that meeting, some of us will be very clear on how going forward, we can do things better and learn lessons so that we do not spill over and create the kind of negative attention which we have attracted.”

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