ACEPA to NPP: Reshuffle of leadership of Majority in Parliament must be done “tactfully”

The Majority Caucus in Parliament on Tuesday (20 February) said there have not been any changes to its leadership in the House as reported in the media

The executive director of the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), Dr Rasheed Draman has said the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) must be “tactful” in making changes to its leadership in Parliament.

The Majority Caucus in Parliament on Tuesday said there have not been any changes to its leadership in the House as reported in the media.

The caucus said it has confidence in the current leadership and that the status quo still remains.

In a press briefing on Tuesday (20 February), the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu said, “… the publication that is going round is not true. It is false. The Majority Caucus has not made any changes in its leadership. 

“The Majority Caucus has not contemplated in making changes to its leadership and that we tell the whole world and Ghana to ignore these publications. 

“We want to assure you that we have confidence in the leadership as they are and the status quo shall remain,” he added.

However, Speaking to Kwaku Nhyira-Addo on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday (21 February), Draman said the NPP must draw lessons from the changes in the leadership front of the NDC which nearly broke the caucus.

“I think that what is happening is lack of consultation and carrying everybody along. We all remember what happened to the NDC shakeup, it nearly broke their caucus and I don’t know why the NPP did not learn from that.”

“Particularly at this moment when you want to ‘break the 8’, I think the key ingredient is unity, particularly coming out of a rancorous primary where a number of people are not happy with the outcome.”

“So, if you wake up and all of a sudden somebody puts this item on the agenda of the national executive meeting without speaking to those who are concerned, I believe this is the root of it and not the new Standing Orders,” Draman said.

Listen to Dr Rasheed Draman in the attached audio: 


Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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