Don’t vote o against Ofori-Atta – NPP directs Majority Caucus

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Don’t vote, Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister, Censure vote, Government, Majority in Parliament, Minority in Parliament, NPP, New Patriotic Party, Chief whip

Don’t vote o against Ofori-Atta – NPP directs Majority Caucus

The New Patriotic Party has ordered its Members of Parliament (MPs) to abstain from the vote of censure against the embattled Finance Minister.

“By this directive the leadership of the Majority Caucus especially the chief whips are directed to ensure that Members of the Majority Caucus comply with the order.

In a press release issued on Wednesday and signed by the General Secretary of the party, Mr. Justin Kodua Frimpong, he said the decision was taken after wider consultation with major stakeholders.

“The leadership of the New Patriotic Party, following a broader consultation and engagements with stakeholders has resolved and hereby directs all members of the Majority Caucus in Parliament to abstain from a scheduled vote of censure being sought by the Minority Caucus against Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance.

“By this directive, the leadership of the Majority Caucus especially the whips are to ensure that no member of the Majority Caucus partakes in this exercise by the Minority Group in Parliament,” excerpts of the statement read.

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The party echoed the plea of the President, noting that Mr. Ofori-Atta is in the midst of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“Considering that negotiation with the IMF is nearly completed, the National Executive body of the Party strongly believes that the removal of the lead person spearheading the negotiation may adversely impact the progress made thus far.”

At least 80 Majority MPs had made calls for the Finance Minister to step down.

Before President Akufo-Addo convinced the MPs to temporarily shelve their calls for Mr. Ofori-Atta to be removed, they had said they would not be supporting the Minority in the vote of censure.

Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu subsequently said, every NPP MP was now in support of the removal of the Finance Minister.

Read the statement below:

Don’t vote, Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister, Censure vote, Government, Majority in Parliament, Minority in Parliament, NPP, New Patriotic Party, Chief whip

 

Source: Ghananest.com

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