#KENMUSTGO#: NPP Council of Elders must avert implosion

#KENMUSTGO#: NPP Council of Elders must avert implosion

The New Patriotic Party is in turmoil, one wouldn’t be wrong in coming to such a conclusion. The impasse between the party’s MPs and the President, H.E President Akufo-Addo threatens to tear the party apart.

Majority MPs bared their teeth to the Finance Minister citing his unresponsiveness to the hardships the Ghanaian people have been plunged into. They also expressed concerns over his indifference towards the cries of the populace.

Although the MPs did not wholly hold the Finance Minister responsible for the current economic downturn, they said his ‘internal politics’ was terrible. As to what that means, we can’t really tell.

The MPs held a presser asking the President to immediately sack or reshuffle Mr Ken Ofori-Atta. This precipitated the meeting between the MPs and President Akufo-Addo.

The Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, in a statement issued after a marathon meeting with the President, highlighted the seeming agreements reached between the President and the MPs.

Amongst them were that Ken Ofori-Atta be made to read the budget and get the appropriations done after which he would be made to leave.

For some inexplicable reasons, at least to the general public, the NPP MPs appear to have reneged on their word as they have ‘defied’ the agreements reached.

But, another question begging for an answer is that, is the President willing to commit to any specific timeline with respect to when Ken Ofori-Atta should leave? It seems there’s no commitment here and the MPs see this as a breach of trust.

Until the President agrees to their demands and probably gives them a specific date of the Finance Minister leaving office, they would not be in Parliament while he comes there to present the 2023 budgetary statement.

At this juncture, all hands must be on deck to avert this looming catastrophe. The Council of Elders of the NPP must wake up to deal with this to avert a possible implosion.

The Hackman Owusu Agyemang-led Council of Elders must step into this matter before Thursday. While we call on the Council of Elders to deal with this issue, we also appeal to the MPs to stand down on this budget presentation boycott.

The President must also commit to the agreement reached between himself and the MPs.

He should give them a concrete response with a specific date of Ken Ofori-Atta leaving office. It could even be 31st December 2022.

However, he may be blunt with the MPs by saying something like “no folks, Ken Ofori-Atta is our best bet for now and I’m not sacking him”.

Then the needless tensions would go down. The NPP is bigger than a single individual so all parochial interests must be shelved.