There have been a plethora of commentaries following the resignation of the Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa from the Appointments Committee of Parliament.
Some people in the NDC are of the view that the resignation has everything to do with the poor leadership of Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader who is subtly projecting himself to the top by working against party interest.
Others have also posited that Hon. Ablakwa’s decision to resign is purely to court the affection of the grassroots considering his undisclosed presidential ambitions.
However, Hon Alexander Afenyo-Markin, Deputy Majority Leader, speaking on PM Express on Wednesday, shared his views on this whole brouhaha and questions the credibility of the former Deputy Education Minister.
According to him, the North Tongu MP was entitled to take any action he deemed fit and that his decision did not have anything to do with the approval of Hon. Ofori-Atta.
Hon. Afenyo-Markin, to the utmost surprise of many rather confirmed that Hon.Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa indeed gave his approval and never opposed the approval of the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta.
“…My brother, I sat there, he was there, we agreed he added his voice to the decision we took. don’t let me go into specifics, don’t let it be and as if he didn’t agree or consent to. he had the opportunity to ask question, he was part, he didn’t oppose,” said the Deputy Majority Leader. In showing solidarity to the leader of the minority caucus in parliament , Hon. Afenyo Markin noted that “Its a crisis any leader goes through when there is a certain level of expectation. I hope that they would go through successfully by managing the situation.”
Reconciling all the claims and assertions, and especially the comments of the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Afenyo-Markin, there seems to credence to the claim that indeed the resignation of the North Tongu Lawmaker is a subtle way of announcing his presidential ambition.
Hon. Ablakwa announced his resignation from Parliament’s Appointments Committee by a letter dated March 30, addressed to the Speaker, Alban Kingsford Bagbin. The reasons for his resignation are both personal and on principles he said.