NDC Joins NPP At Dining Table To Endorse Ken Ofori-Atta

Ken Ofori Atta, Kyei Mensah Bonsu Osei, Haruna Iddris and Isaac Albert Adongo Ken Ofori Atta, Kyei Mensah Bonsu Osei, Haruna Iddris and Isaac Albert Adongo

It obvious that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has surrendered the supervisory and oversight responsibilities offered it by Ghanaian voters to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Akufo-Addo government, and the impunity with which they have governed the country.

Last Monday, many Ghanaians were given the rudest shock by the NDC Members of Parliament through the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, claiming Ken Ofori-Atta, was being endorsed as Finance Minister for another four years to face the mess he had driven the economy into.

This was after Haruna Iddrisu, together with other NDC MPs on the Appointments Committee, had been eloquent at the vetting of Ken Ofori-Atta, asking him the right and probing questions, which revealed his grandiose nepotism, conflict of interest in the use of his private companies; Enterprise Insurance and Databank and their officials in state transactions that he stands to benefit financially.

Strangely, even Isaac Adongo, the NDC MP for the Bolgatanga Central Constituency in the Upper East Region, the originator of famous "Akyem Sakawa boys" and "Piccadilly armed robbers" in reference to the greed-wrapped Agyapa Royalties deal, over which Ghana's Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu resigned after his corruption risk assessment, also endorsed the nomination of Ken Ofori-Atta, who was insulting and evasive at the vetting.

Mr Adongo, had not had any kind words for Ken Ofori-Atta in the last four years that he had occupied Finance Ministry and many had thought he would at least reject the nomination.

The Minority leader and ranking member of the Appointments Committee in seconding the motion, argued that the support from his side does not mean satisfaction of performance of the nominee.

According to Haruna Iddrisu, the minister must be made to face the consequences of running down the economy for the past four years. The Tamale South MP, however, assured the minister, would be made to account for oil revenues as flagged by PIAC.

Interestingly, Ken Ofori-Atta throughout his two days vetting, never saw himself as having rundown the Ghanaian economy referring to those who criticized his performance as the Finance Minister in the last four years, as cynics.

Mr Ofori-Atta, had spoken eloquently about the depth from which his cousin, President Akufo-Addo, took the economy from John Dramani Mahama, boasting about dexterity with which he had managed the Ghanaian economy, demanding praises for working for the country without collecting salary and allowances.

Among those who have openly taken issue with the attitude of Minority in parliament is the former Kumbungu lawmaker, Ras Mubarak, who described as untenable reasons given by the Minority for the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta.

According to him, the "argument that the Finance Minister messed the economy so should be approved to face it is so flawed. Would the Minority Leader hand over his car to a driver who out of sheer incompetence or negligence crashed his car?"

He stressed: "Secondly if the economy is messed up further by the one who crashed it initially as we are made to believe, it is the fed-up man or woman in the streets who suffers and not the politician who gets some things tax-free. If this were meant to assuage the base, it has backfired big time. We are not buying it".

Strangely, outside Parliament, the NDC headquarters called for calm among its followers, following the consensus approval of Ken Ofori-Atta.

"It is hereby announced to the rank and file of the party and to the notice of all Comrades, that a decision by the Appointments Committee to recommend Ken Ofori Atta for the approval by consensus will be made public today in Parliament.

"Following what transpired previously in respect of vetting and approval of some Ministers designate the Minority leadership, the Party leadership, as well as the Council of Elders, have engaged in extensive consultations with the view to adopt a common position based on the exigencies of the situation," General Secretary of the party Johnson Asiedu Nketia said in a statement.

It added: "I, therefore, urge all members to remain circumspect when the need for reaction arise. The NDC Parliamentary Caucus and FEC, will be fully briefed accordingly".

Charles McCarthy an NPP activist and social commentator also took issues with the approval of Ken Ofori-Atta, saying "the consensus approval of Ken Ofori-Atta by all members of parliament present is a waiver of the oversight responsibility of parliament over the executive".

He added that "endorsing the reappointment of Ken Ofori-Atta, is equal to signing a blank cheque. This parliament has demonstrated beyond street reasoning that they are incapable in the discharge of their mandate and deserves no attention".

In write up posted on his Facebook page, Mr. McCarthy charged "a Parliament that has failed to discharge its core responsibility of parliamentary oversight, has no moral right to rant in the media over corrupt allegations, talk-less of seeking for re-election in future".

To him, "it is illogical to think that the Minority who have been talking about Ken Ofori-Atta being behind all the wrong decisions of government ranging from unaccounted oil cash, tax exemptions to in-laws, illicit financial flows, unexplained wealth, Agyapa Royalties, PDS, and cruel seizure and closure of Heritage Bank, Royal Bank, GN Bank, and Unibank, and budget overruns could really join the Majority side to sing the praise of non-other than Ken Ofori-Atta. The man likened to the devil".

Cassiel Ato Forson of a tripartite constituency- Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam, Isaac Adongo of Bawku Central, and John A. Jinapor of Yapei-Kusawgu constituencies, can you grant media interview to chastise Ken Ofori-Atta again?

Adongo, do you still stand by your description of the managers of our finances as 'Piccadilly Armed robbers, cladded in white and quoting Bible verses all the time? Was everything okay with you when you articulated those words?

Do you guys know shame?

Haruna Iddrisu, and Muntaka Mubarak Mohammed have perfected the act of gaslighting Ghanaians through vetting sessions.

For them, the probing the questions, the wider the chances of the vettee's endorsement.

Yes, I admire Haruna for one thing, and that is his wordsmithing, but unlike him, that is not enough for him to pass my lens without mention.

You recently posted under Haruna Institute on facebook that; "I have a duty to lead the NDC Party in Parliament with the ultimate objective of holding President Nana Akufo-Addo and his Government accountable for the mandate handed him until 2024"

What were you drinking when you posted the above?

Ghana is passing through troublous times. The Parliamentarians of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for the masses that voted for them. They are impatient of all restraint.

Some of them talk as if they knew everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for the women, some are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech.

I see no hope for the future of our people if we dependent on the frivolous parliament of today. Some of them are reckless beyond words..."

Source: www.theheraldghana.com