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Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin has berated the NDC and the Minority’s posture towards the newly ministerial nominees from the President.

He asked them to behave well if they want to position themselves as a party ready for political power.

The Minority in Parliament said they were not going to subscribe to a consensus vote at the level of the Appointments Committee regarding the new nominees.

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The NDC has asked its MPs not to approve any of the new ministerial nominees whose vetting commences today, Monday, February 20, 2023.

The party’s call is in protest to President Akufo-Addo’s “adamance” to reduce his numerous appointees which many Ghanaians have been calling for.

The NDC leadership has therefore asked their members “the Minority caucus in Parliament NOT to approve any of the new ministerial nominees and to further push for a reduction in the size of government with a view to reducing the needless drain on scarce public resources.”

The Minority Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson has at a press conference in Parliament Monday, February 20, 2023 reiterated they are opposing the appointments to get government reduce its appointees.

“We in the Minority wish to make it clear that we remain committed to ensuring greater scrutiny and will spare no effort to protect the public purse,” he indicated, adding that even though they will participate in the vetting process, “the Minority will not subscribe to a consensus vote at the level of the Appointments Committee. This will ensure that the matter is brought before the full House for a vote to be taken in secret.”

Reacting to this in an interview with journalists in Parliament, Mr Afenyo-Markin who is also a lawmaker for Effutu said “you may have your views respected, it is expected in a democracy that we should have those disagreements but you don’t use such disagreements to stampede the government.

“I don’t know why they have come to sit here when you have a prejudiced mind. What are you coming to do? To ask questions to embarrass them then go ahead and say that we have failed you? Is that what they are here today do?

“I am disappointed in the NDC, if they really want to portray themselves as a party ready to take the reigns of government then they should behave well. What they are doing is way below belt and they are not demonstrating political maturity in their conduct.

“Now I ask, is Ato Forson and his team merely toothless? So they will sit in Parliament and they will receive direct orders from Mr Fifi Kwetey. He himself has been a Member of Parliament before and he knows, Mr Asiedu Nketia was a member of Parliament, at least more than three terms, so he knows about Parliament, he serves on the Parliamentary Service Board so we expect them to know better.”