The New Patriotic Party on Wednesday advised its Members of Parliament to refrain from the vote of censure against the embattled Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.
As a result, the party has asked the Caucus chief whips to ensure that the order is followed.
A statement signed by the party’s General Secretary, Mr. Justin Kodua Frimpong said the decision was taken after wider consultation with major stakeholders.
“The leadership of the New Patriotic Party, following a broader consultation and engagements with stakeholders has resolved and hereby directs all members of the Majority Caucus in Parliament to abstain from a scheduled vote of censure being sought by the Minority Caucus against Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance.
“By this directive, the leadership of the Majority Caucus especially the whips are to ensure that no member of the Majority Caucus partakes in this exercise by the Minority Group in Parliament,” excerpts of the statement read.
The party acknowledged the prevailing socio-economic conditions in the country and need for urgent remedial interventions, but said “the demand by the NDC-led Minority Caucus is ill-intended.”
The party argued during the Mahama-led administration the country suffered similar economic hardship and it triggered the dismissal of the then Finance Minister, Seth Tekper, however, the NDC Majority MPs defended him.
The party, therefore, urged the NPP MPs to emulate the then-NDC Majority Caucus and vote against Mr. Ofori-Atta’s removal.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana