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Members of the Minority in Parliament who voted in favour of the newly appointed ministers did so for their “parochial and personal interest,” according John Dramani Mahama.

The former President seeking to lead the NDC to the 2024 presidential elections says the party’s decision to reject the ministers approval was in tandem with many Ghanaians who felt the government size is bloated and needed pruning to save the public purse.

In a Facebook post made by Mr. Mahama Saturday, March 25, 2023, he says like many Ghanaians, he is disappointed that things turned the way they did after all the attempt whip members of the caucus to one side.

“A couple of weeks ago, our NDC group in Parliament announced a principled position not to approve any new ministers until the President has taken steps to significantly reduce the size of his government.

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“This position was supported by a broad section of Ghanaians and public advocacy groups.

“Unfortunately, Ghanaians were sorely disappointed yesterday when several members of the Minority for some parochial and personal interest voted against the principled position adopted by the party.

“I am also disappointed,” the former President wrote.

Mr. Mahama has asked “those responsible for this betrayal must do some serious soul searching and learn to place national interest over personal interest.”

He also expressed disappointment in President Akufo-Addo for failing to cut down the size of government following the numerous calls from several quarters to do so when some of his ministers resigned on ill-health and also to pursue political ambitions.

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Meanwhile, Ghana’s fourth President of the Fourth Republic assured Ghanaians after urging the NDC grassroots not to be despaired by the decision that, 2024 presents an opportunity for them to work hard to oust the reckless NPP government from power.

“Clearly in this time of crisis and excruciating hardships, President Akufo-Addo, his NPP administration and some of our MPs are out of tune with the mood of the Ghanaian people.

“I still believe, as I said in Ho recently, that in this time of crisis, government can still run efficiently with not more than 60 ministers.

“For our grassroots members and all Ghanaians who are disappointed by this insensitivity, I urge you not to despair.

“2024 offers us an opportunity to work hard to defeat this reckless government that seeks to destroy our democracy and the very livelihoods of Ghanaians- an opportunity for us to work and build the Ghana we all want from January 07, 2025,” he urged.

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By Felix Anim-Appau||Ghana