The host of the Final Point Political Show on Top103.1fm, Kwabena Owusu Agyemang (Governor), has quizzed if indeed the finance minister Mr. Ken Ofori Atta bears New Patriotic Party (NPP) membership card.
He cited that, if Mr. Ken Ofori Atta should bear NPP membership card, he wouldn’t behave and manage the economy like what he’s doing now.
” It was his brother who was aspiring to become a President and helped him to go for a demonstration Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) and that has aided him to become the finance minister and it counts to his reason for managing the economy in this manner”, he added.
The Governor noted that, if the Finance minister should bear a party card, pay his dues, go for a political campaign, and convince the people to vote for the NPP, he wouldn’t cause the party’s decision to break the 8 jinx not a feasible one.
The NPP party is now on the road to opposition and some real members of the party have laid down their heart, strength and effort not to take the party into opposition but the behavior of the finance minister will not help in executing it.
Anyone who bears the Npp party card will not manage the economy like what Ken Ofori Atta is doing. The NPP has set an agenda in breaking the 8 to hand over to a ruling NPP person in the coming 2024 elections and if the finance minister should mismanage the economy, it will be difficult to break the 8.
However, last year, some Ninety-eight (98) New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament resolved to boycott the budget presentation and all Finance Ministry-related business should the President refuse to sack Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta immediately
This new number is an increase from the previous 80 NPP MPs who had earlier demanded the removal of the Finance Minister.
According to the Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, Andy Appiah-Kubi, who doubles as spokesperson for the group, Ofori-Atta’s position in government has become untenable, hence the fresh demand for his resignation.
His comment comes after the group had earlier relaxed its demand following a meeting with the President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
In a statement signed by Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, President Akufo-Addo had appealed for the sector minister to be allowed to stay till after the budget presentation and appropriation of same, to which the MPs had agreed.
However, with the Finance Minister now facing a vote of censure from the Minority side of Parliament, the NPP MPs are convinced it is time for him to leave.
Meanwhile the Minority in Parliament pushed for a vote of censure on the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta in accordance with Article 82 of the 1992 constitution.
In a memorandum by the Minority Chief Whip Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka to the Speaker of Parliament, the minority said the Finance Minister was involved in despicable conflict of interest by ensuring that he directly benefitted from Ghana’s economic woes as his companies received commissions and other unethical contractual advantage from Ghana’s debt overhang.
The Minority described as unconstitutional withdrawal from the consolidated fund in blatant contravention of Article 178 of the 1992 constitution supposedly for the construction of the Presidential Cathedral.
They accused the Minister of Finance of illegal payment of oil revenues into offshore accounts in flagrant violation of Article 176 of the 1992 constitution.
The Minority further accused Mr Ofori-Atta of deliberate and dishonest misreporting of economic data to Parliament, fiscal recklessness leading to the crash of the Ghana cedi which is currently the worse performing currency in the world.
It said the alarming incompetence and frightening ineptitude of the minister resulting in the collapse of the Ghanaian economy and excruciating cost of living crisis.