The Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has taken a firm stance against National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentarians who defied the party’s orders to vote against the approval of new appointees of the government. Ablakwa made this clear at the Obaasima Campus Tour event at the University of Health and Allied Science in Ho, on Friday, emphasizing that he will not work with these “treacherous” MPs, even if it means being suspended from the party.
The issue arose when Parliament approved six ministerial nominees and two Supreme Court nominees of President Akufo-Addo, despite the NDC’s directive to vote against them. Some MPs from the party, however, broke ranks and voted in favor of the nominees. This act of defiance has left Ablakwa feeling pained and disillusioned, stating that it has made the NDC lose credibility in the eyes of Ghanaians.
Ablakwa believes that the actions of these MPs have damaged the party’s reputation, making it difficult for them to regain the trust of the public. He has accused them of engaging in treacherous politics, betraying their party’s principles for their selfish interests. Ablakwa’s words may be harsh, but they reflect the frustration and anger felt by many NDC supporters who feel let down by their representatives.
The MP for North Tongu is not alone in his criticism of the dissenting MPs. Former President John Dramani Mahama, a leading figure in the NDC, has also condemned their actions, accusing them of betraying the party’s supporters and Ghanaians. Mahama’s sentiments are shared by many within the NDC, who feel that the actions of the MPs have dealt a severe blow to the party’s image.
The issue of MPs breaking ranks is not unique to the NDC. It is a common occurrence in many political parties worldwide, where representatives may prioritize their personal interests over party directives. However, what sets the NDC apart is the severity of the issue, with some MPs allegedly taking bribes to vote against their party’s directive. Such actions are unacceptable and go against the very principles of democracy and accountability.
It is essential that the NDC takes action to address this issue, as failure to do so may further damage the party’s reputation. The leadership must ensure that its members are held accountable for their actions and that such acts of betrayal are not repeated in the future. The NDC must restore the faith of its supporters, and that can only be achieved through decisive action and a commitment to transparency and accountability.
In conclusion, Ablakwa’s firm stance against the MPs who broke ranks is a reflection of the frustration felt by many within the NDC. The issue of MPs breaking ranks is a common occurrence in politics, but when such actions are done in defiance of party directives and may have been influenced by bribery, it damages the very fabric of democracy. The NDC must take swift and decisive action to address this issue, restore the faith of its supporters and ensure that such actions are not repeated in the future.