You have betrayed us – Sammy Gyamfi bares teeth at Speaker, minority leadership

Sammy Gyamfi

The National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, has accused the party’s leadership in Parliament and the Speaker, Alban Bagbin of betraying the party.

According to Sammy Gyamfi, the Tamale South MP, Haruna Iddrisu, and Asawase MP, Munataka Mubarak “brazenly defied the leadership of the party and betrayed the collective good for their selfish interest.”

“And we, must not let them succeed in their parochial quest to destroy the NDC, the party that has done so much for them and all of us. The shame they have brought on the party will forever hang like an albatross around their necks,” he said in a Facebook post, March 4, 2021.

His accusation comes after the NDC MPs on Parliament’s Appointments Committee approved Ministers-designate who had earlier been rejected.

Parliament, by a majority decision and consensus, approved the nomination of 13 ministerial nominees of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

While 10 were approved by consensus, three were approved by a majority vote on the floor of the house after extensive debate on recommendations made by the Appointments Committee.

Those whose approvals were secured through a vote were Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, minister-designate for Information; Hawa Koomson, minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Owusu Afriyie Akoto, minister-designate for Food and Agriculture.

Food and Agriculture Minister-designate, Dr. Afriyie Akoto polled 53.96% with 143 votes out of the 265 ballots issued with one spoilt ballot.

Mavis Hawa Koomson also secured 60.75% with 161 votes while Mr. Oppong Nkrumah accrued 58.65% with 155 votes.

With Ghana’s Parliament still composed of 137 NPP MPs, 137 NDC MPs, and one independent candidate, it shows some MPs from the NDC side had voted to approve the Ministers-Designate.

Parliament has thus approved all 13 ministerial nominees in the Appointment Committee’s report.

The NDC Communications Officer described the situation was one that could destroy the party.

He, however, called for calm among supporters and urged them to continue to fight for the party’s interest.

“These are hard times for all of us but we should not let the betrayal of a few quench our love for the great NDC. Rather, let it strengthen us to fight for this party. We all have an equal stake in this party. They are few, we are many. Some have sold their conscience but ours is intact. And we can work together to rebuild the party from the ashes of 3rd March, 2021, which I call “Black Wednesday”- Our day of self-inflicted shame.”

Sammy Gyamfi wants the leadership of the NDC’s Parliamentary group to be changed as its current leadership has “lost their moral authority to lead and are not fit to sit on the front bench of the NDC side of the house.”

“More importantly, it’s about time we understood, that we don’t have any NDC Speaker of Parliament. No, we don’t! We have a Speaker who rode on the back of the NDC into office to pursue his own parochial agenda and nothing more. You trust them, at your own peril,” he warned.

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