Limping NDC On Manhunt For ‘Traitor’ MPs
…Names Drop, As Angry Footsoldiers, Delegates Await Primaries
Just as hinted, the leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is said to be at the tail end of fishing out the supposed traitors within the Minority caucus, who defied the party’s directive and voted massively for the approval of all the ministerial nominees of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
The Anchor is reliably informed that, as at yesterday Monday, March 27, 2023, the party had gotten virtually the full identity of its MPs who broke ranks to approve the six ministerial nominees, as well as two Supreme Court judges-nominees, after they had been duly vetted long ago.
The Minority caucus, it would be recalled, said it will not approve the ministers in line with a directive from the leadership of the party, but all the nominees were approved after a secret vote last Friday, March 24.
Even though, many have wondered how the party would manage to identify the over 30 dissident MPs, insiders told this paper the process to smoke them out was simple, as a chunk of them had secretly recorded their voting pattern and handed it to the party hierarchy as evidence to prove their innocence.
According to sources, some nine NDC MPs, who had kicked against Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia’s chairmanship bid sometime ago, are allegedly among the MPs, who broke ranks to approve the nominees.
The Anchor is also picking up names of some senior-most elements within the Minority caucus as among of the suspects.
Impeccable sources say, though the party is yet to complete the compilation of the names and evidence for the manhunt, the caliber of persons who are unable to produce any evidence to prove their innocence is intriguing.
Interestingly, the NDC women, in the Minority caucus, who hitherto were accused of being behind the betrayal of the party during a previous secret balloting, this time around, decided to film their votes.
This move, sources say, is what has exonerated most of these female minority MPs, who have all submitted their recordings to the party leadership.
While at it, some supporters of the party, including delegates who have been left disappointed and embarrassed by the actions of the Minority caucus, are threatening to vote against their MPs during the party’s primaries slated for May, this year.
But leading figures of the party, including the Member of Parliament for Cape Coast South, Kwaku Ricketts-Hagan, who are yet to recover from the shock, believe the approval was a sabotage against the current Minority leadership by supporters of the previous leaders.
According to Ricketts-Hagan, the approval of all the ministerial nominees was a disgrace to the Minority and a self-inflicted embarrassment.
“We the minority disgraced ourselves. After whipping up the excitement of people we are not going to approve the new ministers, we turn around and do otherwise,” he stated on TV3 Saturday, March 25.
He believes that some NDC lawmakers are still pained by the way and manner the previous leaders of the Minority were removed.
He, however, clarified that the previous leaders themselves may not have had a role to play in sabotaging the current leaders.
Name and Shame
Meanwhile, the MP for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak, on his part, says he prays and wishes that his colleagues who betrayed the party’s cause are found and shamed.
Reacting to the development on a Facebook post, sighted by The Anchor, Dr. Apaak described the events of last Friday as shameful.
“I pray you’re found out and publicly shamed, but even if you’re not found, your conscience will forever haunt you. The pain and agony your treachery has caused millions of party supporters and Ghanaians is upon your head.
“You will pay for the tears and sorrow of all those you have betrayed. You will pay for the insults, name calling and false accusations your treachery has brought upon innocent colleagues,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, the party is expected to make an official statement on the matter and perhaps decide the fate of the MPs who are found culpable after the investigations are completed.