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NDC lawyer: Our MPs didn’t ask tough questions at censure hearing

Elikplim Agbemava is a leading member of the NDC prominent in the party's legal team

Elikplim Agbemava is a lawyer and former flagbearer hopeful for the NDC

A leading National Democratic Congress (NDC) member and legal practitioner, Elikplim Lorlormavor Agbemava, says he is disappointed by the quality of representation on the NDC side of the committee in the censure hearing against the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta.

Lawyer Agbemava believes the NDC membership of the ad hoc committee, as constituted, lacks the necessary depth and acumen to ask the most potent and probing questions.

This, he implied, has culminated in allowing Ofori-Atta to have a saintly outlook and for the vindication of the ministers safely guarded repute as a man of spotless integrity.

Venting his dissatisfaction in a Facebook post today, Lawyer Agbemava wrote, “We need to tighten the questions la,” the last word of his statement an expression of exclamation in the Ewe language, summing up his obvious frustration.

Distress signal

Agbemava’s noticeable distress has been another expression of the general sentiment among key members of the NDC, as well as the rank and file, about the so-called shallow disposition of the NDC panel on the parliamentary committee.

NDC supporters in general had been hitherto incredibly bubbly and cheerful at the prospect of sittings by the bipartisan censure committee.

To them, what should have been the last straw on the already quicksand dwindling fortunes of Ken Ofori-Atta have churned out counterproductive results and rather inched him a notch higher in the approval ratings.

With a plan for an initial seven points setting out allegations against the minister sliced down to five, the beginning of the end for a no-case conclusion had been clear. Credence has been given to those who believed the Minority was on a fishing expedition.

And any NDC member who had been left with any kind of hope that some dire allegation or something worth its weight in gold could be pushed against Ofori-Atta when he took his turn at the hearing was right to be disappointed.

The Finance Minister aced his responses and once again showed that his standards as an administrator of the public finances has not been and cannot be compromised.

For Lawyer Agbemava and other NDC faithful who followed the proceedings, the tide, as it now stands, is flowing in Ken Ofori-Atta’s favour.

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