The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament has witnessed a midnight reshuffle in a manner that has been labelled a ‘Parliament coup.’
The change in leadership will see the former deputy Finance Minister and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the AJUMAKO ENYAN ESIAM constituency, Casiel Ato Forson as the new leader of the largest opposition party in Parliament, ending the era of the MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu.
The reshuffle has divided opinion in the country with others seeing it as a sign of division in the NDC which sees itself as the best alternative to the governing New Patriotic Party.
But the NDC National Chairman, Johnson Asiedu Nketia believes the timing was perfect.
“The 2024 election is going to be fought around the economy, so the debate is basically going to be about the economy. So if you are a serious party fighting to win an election. You must put your best foot forward to win the debate”.
“You can’t just tell people that the economy is in shambles when you have not been able to put your experts there to be able to communicate to Ghanaians how you will do things better.
So this is the point where we need our finance and economic people around, and that is why we put them there,” Mr Asiedu Nketiah said.
Dr Cassiel Ato Forson is taking over from Haruna Iddrisu as the new Minority Leader. Also, the Ellembelle MP, Kofi Armah Boah will replace James Klutse Avedzi as Deputy Minority Leader.
While Kwame Agbodza becomes the Chief Whip and will be deputised by Banda MP, Ahmed Ibrahim and Ada legislator, Comfort Doyo Ghansah.