The resignation of North-Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa from the Appointments Committee of Parliament, is a vote-of-no-confidence in the leadership of Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, a former NDC MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak has said.
In a letter dated March 30, addressed to the Speaker, Alban Kingsford Bagbin, Mr. Ablakwah explained that his decision to resign was “after days of careful reflection and thoughtful considerations’’.
Although it is not clear why the outspoken and meticulous member of the Committee who takes nominees through rigorous CV scrutiny is stepping down, social media users are attributing it to the recent approval of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.
But reacting to the resignation, the former NDC legislator described it as courageous and heart-warming. According to him, it was also the only way Mr. Ablakwa can resist some alleged attempts by the leadership of the Minority to impose decisions on him.
‘Sammy Ablakwa’s resignation is a vote-of-no-confidence in the Haruna Iddisu-led Minority in Parliament’, he stressed.
He further added that, ‘I am not surprised. I know that in the Minority, there are men and women of integrity. I’m sure you heard Adongo distance himself from the [approval]. What Ablakwa has done is courageous, he and the other minority MPs’.
About Okudzeto Ablakwa’s resignation
The former Deputy Education Minister asked the Speaker to note that his resignation will take immediate effect. As a result, the North Tongu MP stressed that he will not be available for the vetting of President Akufo-Addo’s nominees for deputy ministerial positions.
“May I extend to you leadership of the House, the Committee of Selection and the leadership of the great National Democratic Congress (NDC), my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to serve as a member of the 6th, 7th, and 8th Parliaments of the Republic of Ghana,” he concluded.