The Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, has, in a televised panel discussion monitored by MyABCLive.com, chastised his colleague NDC MP for North Tongue, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, describing him as a hypocrite.
Expressing his views on Pan African TV’s HotNews Show on the resignation of Ablakwa citing principled reasons following the consensus with which Ken Ofori-Atta was approved by both sides of Parliament, the maverick MP indicated that whatever decision was arrived at on the committee was not forced on any member. It is hypocritical for Ablakwa, he emphasized, to agree with his other committee members in approving the Finance Minister and then come out to say he has resigned.
“Not even leadership can force you to agree with something that you think that doesn’t reflect the wishes of your people, if you go there and you agree with that only for you to come and say that okay some people are so dirty, I am not dirty, that is hypocrisy, that is not principled” he said.
Murtala also pointed out that if Ablakwa was truly principled, he would have resigned the day Hawa Koomson and co were approved.
“I am saying that a principled position should have been the very day Hawa Koomson and co were approved. If I were a member of the committee and wanted to be principled, I would resign that day”
The Tamale Central MP couldn’t understand why Ablakwa sought to shut the stable door after the horse had bolted, describing that as strange.
“In any case, let me tell you, the committee have finished with their work, all ministers have been appointed. When you talk about deputy ministers, our interest was not deputy ministers’ appointments because we didn’t accuse the deputy ministers for unleashing terror on NDC, we didn’t do that. We accused Hawa Koomson and co, we accused the minister for National Security, the Minister for Interior, the Minister for Defense, we accused Ken Ofori-Atta for messing up this economy, these were the people that we accused. So having approved all these ministers, what else is there to resign from?” he queried.
Scores of party supporters and top guns in the NDC have called for changes to be made to their parliamentary leadership since they failed to disqualify some nominees of President Akufo-Addo, especially Ken Ofori-Atta, the Finance Minister. Many of their MPs have also thrown their weights behind the Haruna Iddrisu-led leadership including Murtala Mohammed.