Avoka Begs Ato Forson Over Nonentity Comment


The Member of Parliament (MP) for Zebilla, Cletus Apul Avoka has rendered an unqualified apology to the newly appointed Minority Leader, Ato Forson after describing him as nonentity.

Per a report carried by Citi News, the former Majority Leader in an earlier interview with the media outlet described the timing of the appointment of Ato Forson as wrong.

According to him, the party did not have the luxury of time to turn a nonentity into a hero.

“This is not the time to make nobody a somebody, this is not the time to make nobody a somebody, this is the time to galvanise all of us to fight the NPP so that we can win elections, not to make heroes out of nonentities, this is not the time,” Mr Avoka punched Ato Forson.

However, after sober reflection, Mr. Avoka appears to have realise his shortfall and started swallowing back his words.

Speaking on the same platform, Mr. Avoka clarified that he didn’t intend to denigrate the Minority Leader.

He was of the view that “I will be the last person to say that and if I said that then it was an error. What I wanted to say was that this is not the time to drop somebody and elevate another. This is what I was trying to say and if in the process I said something different, I must apologise, and I am very sorry. I cannot denigrate any of my colleagues.”

This happens as the main opposition political party appears to be in disarray after replacing Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu with Cassiel Ato Forson.

Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, MP for Ellembelle also replaced Ketu North MP, James Klutse Avedzi as the Deputy Minority Leader while Kwame Governs Agbodza replaced Asawase MP, Muntaka Mubarak as the Minority Chief Whip.

The appointments have sparked a lot of confusion in the party including the grassroot supporters

Over 70 MPs have also petitioned the Council of Elders of the NDC and former flagbearer John Mahama to suspend the leadership changes until a meeting between the minority caucus and party executives.

According to the lawmakers, the reshuffling is premature and does not augur well for the opposition party going into the next elections given the lack of consultation.

By Vincent Kubi