Friday, 24 May

NDC MPs betrayal: This shouldn’t lead to putsch within the party – Franklin Cudjoe

Chief Executive Officer of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, Franklin Cudjoe

The Chief Executive Officer of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, Franklin Cudjoe, has questioned how exactly the leadership of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) intends to hunt down members of the Minority who voted to approve government’s ministerial appointees. 

A member of the NDC Council of Elders in the Central Region, Mr John Quayson, invoked curses on the party’s MPs who endorsed President Akufo-Addo’s six ministerial nominees in a secret ballot on Friday, March 24, 2023.

A very angry Mr Quayson, popularly known as Manoma, in the company of some party supporters, went to the Elmina Cemetery with a bottle of Schnapps and eggs and invoked a curse on the NDC MPs.

He called on the ancestors, the gods and deities to descend heavily on the MPs who the party has accused of treachery.

According to Class 91.3 FM's Central regional correspondent, Nana Tawiah, after hexing the MPs, Manoma challenged all NDC MPs to also go to any nearby cemetery to invoke a curse to prove their innocence.

He also urged all NDC delegates to vote against all the treacherous MPs for betraying and disrespecting the party's structure and policies.

Manoma said the party has lost hope in the said Members of Parliament.

Manoma explained that the said MPs went to the august house for their interest and not the interest of the masses.

“I am not afraid to say that some NDC Members of Parliament are corrupt. All the Members of Parliament who contributed to the endorsement of these ministers are corrupt and must be voted out in the coming primaries,” he urged.

For their part, the NDC branch executives from the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem Constituency, also in the Central Region, in an interview, expressed their disappointment with the MPs for “betraying” the party's structure.

They challenged the MP for Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem Constituency, Mr Samuel Atta Mills, to come out and invoke a curse to prove he was not part of the traitors.

The angry branch executives said they had lost hope in their MPs.

But reacting to this, the IMANI President in a tweet on Monday, 27 March 2023, said: “The hunt for 30 or so stiff-necked NDC MPs is on by the leadership. Charms, incantations, black magic? But really, this shouldn't lead to putsch within the party”.

The party had described the action of the Members of Parliament (MPs) as a stab in the “back of the good people of Ghana.”

It has also said it will fish out the MPs behind it.   

“We will stop at nothing to identify them and publicly laud them in due course,” the party said a statement issued by its General Secretary, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey.