In a letter to the Speaker, Tamale-South MP Haruna Idrisu, hitherto the NDC’s Minority Leader, has been replaced by Castle. Ato Forson, MP for Azumako Enyan Ecumen. James Klutse Awezi, Member of Parliament for Ketu-North, his deputy, Emmanuel Arma-Fruit coffee. Ellembele Constituency Member of Parliament, Agbodza who is governed by Kwame, Adaklu Constituency Member of Parliament Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, Ashanti Region Member of Parliament Asawase has been appointed as Chief Whip.
However, Ahmed Ibrahim and Comfort Doyo-Ghansa retained their positions as first and second vice-captains respectively.
Meanwhile, reacting to the said reshuffle, the MP for Ododiodeo Constituency, Edwin Ni Lante Vanderpuye, one of the prominent members of the Minority Caucus, said the development surprised me, neither him nor the caucus. Be aware of any restructuring, let alone send a letter to the speaker to that effect.
Contrary to his statement, there is another letter from James Klutse Awedji informing him of the party’s decision.
It would be recalled that the National Chairman of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, hinted in March 2021 that the party was considering changes in its leadership in Parliament. This may just be the result of that decision.
“Some work is in progress. After every election, we reconstitute and sometimes reaffirm the leadership of Parliament. We haven’t done that yet because of the court cases. We started but came to a point and felt that we should finish with the court cases first. So that’s what we’re considering. But there is a definite statement. By then I’m sure, they are [Parliament] Back from break, we were making this decision. Then he said.
It remains to be seen how the minority caucus in Parliament will react to the changes and whether it will in any way affect their performance as a team in the House.