The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bgabin has commended the former Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu for the remarkable work he did with his colleague former leaders, Muntaka Mubarak and James Klutse Avedzi
The speaker, in commending them, asked their successors to learn from their records.
Mr Bagbin said “I only welcome them to the Hot seat of the leadership of Parliament. Congratulations, I wish you well.”
To the former leaders, Haruna Isddrisu, Muntaka Mubarak and James Kluste Avedzi, he said “The former members of the leadership led by Haruna Iddrisu must be applauded. Their record for performance is visible for all to see and I hope the new leadership will follow. The Lord is your shepherd, you shall not want.”
The former leadership pledged earlier to abide by the resolution to rally behind the new leadership.
This was after the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketia had said that all the challenges that came up following the removal of Haruna Iddrisu, James Kluste Avedzi, and Muntaka Mubarak as Minority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, and Minority Chief Whip respectively, have been resolved.
To that end, he said that the party and the Minority caucus have passed a resolution to rally behind the new minority leadership.
After a crunch meeting on Monday, February 6, Mr Asiedu Nketia said “The meeting was called by the Council of Elders, the National leadership, and our caucus in Parliament to announce a resolution of what was perceived as an essentially threatening crisis…READ ALSO: NDC’s IMF suggestion ‘lame’ – Kumah
“You can see from the enthusiasm that the challenges that arose out of the announcement of the new leadership of our caucus in Parliament have all been resolved. All concerns have been addressed so we are just looking forward.
Following the meeting, former Deputy Minority Leader James Kluset Avedzi said “I write on behalf of my colleagues to thank the Council of Elders of the National Democratic Congress and former President H. E. John Dramani Mahama for resolving the challenges that engulfed the Party in Parliament after the announcement of leadership changes in Parliament.
“We the former leaders made up of Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, the former Minority Leader, Hon. James Klutse Avedzi, Deputy Minority Leader and Hon. Muntaka Mubarak, Minority Chief Whip assured the Council of Elders of the Party when we met them on Tuesday 17th January 2023, that we will abide by their resolution of the challenges. This assurance was disclosed to the Council when Hon. Haruna Iddrisu asked me to sum up our position on the matter. Thank you very much Council of Elders and H. E. John Dramani Mahama.
“We want to assure the new minority leadership of our full support in the interest of the Party as we prepare to rustle power from the insensitive NPP in the 2024 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
“The NDC remains the only hope for the good people of Ghana so we shall remain united to realize the hope of Ghanaians.”
The changes that were made resulted in sharp division among the opposition lawmakers.