Ablakwa Steps Down From Parliament Appointments Committee

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has stepped down from the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

He announced his resignation in a letter dated March 30, 2021, and addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.

In the letter, Mr Ablakwa observed his decision to resign came “after days of careful reflection and thoughtful considerations.”

It remains unclear why he has taken such a decision. But the Minority NDC side on the Committee has been accused of betrayal and working against the interest of the NDC as far as approving some of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s ministers nominees is concerned.

“I shall like to state that the reasons for this difficult decision is both personal and on principle,” Mr Ablakwa said.

Mr Ablakwa served as a Deputy Minister under former President John Mahama.

Due to his resignation, he will not avail himself for the vetting of Mr. Akufo-Addo’s nominees for Deputy ministerial positions.

“May I extend to you leadership of the House, the Committee of Selection and the leadership of the great National Democratic Congress (NDC), my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to serve as a member of the 6th, 7th and 8th Parliaments of the Republic of Ghana,” his letter said.

By Melvin Tarlue