According to Ernest Owusus Bempah, deputy communications director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) decision to replace Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu with Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, a member of parliament from Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam, is a political suicide for the party.
The main opposition party’s decision to replace “an experienced Haruna Iddrisu with an amateur Ato Forson” prompted Mr. Owusu Bempah to question why.
He claimed that by replacing Haruna Iddrisu with amateur Ato Forson, the NDC would maintain its position.
“To remove Haruna Iddrisu who has been giving NPP nightmare in Parlaiment and to bring Ato Forson is a political suicide, they will be floored in Parliament. They have written their own obituary in 2024. It tells you the incompetence of the NDC, it tells you they haven’t got the clue.
“Can Ato Forson match up to Osei Kyei-Mensah- Bonsu in terms of Parliamentary debate and knowledge? Kofi Arma Buah debating Afenyo-Markin? That is a political obituary, it is a political suicide for NDC,” he said in a statement following the changes made to the leadership of the Minority by the NDC on Tuesday January 24.
He added “Mahama comes nowhere near Haruna Iddrisu when it comes to political knowlegde. He has won the hearts and minds of Northern region, he is one of the key pillars in the north and for you to get Haruna out to bring Ato Forson it means they have written their political obituary.”
The explanation for the revisions was provided by Fifi Kwetey, general secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
In addition to appointing Ato Forson in place of Haruna Iddrisu as the new deputy minority leader, the party also fired James Klutse Avedzi.
Kofi Armah Buah, a member of parliament for Ellembelle, has also taken his post.
“It has become necessary for you to deploy you from your current position as Deputy Minority Leader with immediate effect,” a statement signed by General Secretary of the party Fiifi Kwetey said on Tuesday, January 24.
“I wish on behalf of the party to express our deepest appreciation to you for your service over the years in this capacity,’ the statement added.
It added,” please kindly arrange with the new officer to effect the necessary handing over processes. Please accept or assurance of the highest regard.”