On social media, scores of opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) footsoldiers are ecstatic about a photo of Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu having a close conversation with President Akufo-Addo.
When President Nana Akufo-Addo commissioned a newly built building for the Ministry of National Security and launched the National Security Strategy document, the first of its kind in the country’s history, the two met.
It’s unclear what the two were talking about, but NDC footsoldiers were having none of it.
However, on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Parliament approved the nomination of 13 ministerial nominees by majority decision and consensus, with 10 approved by consensus.
Some NDC members and supporters were outraged.
Nominees such as Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, minister-designate for Information; Hawa Koomson, minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture; and Owusu Afriyie Akoto, minister-designate for Food and Agriculture, were approved, despite the NDC lawmakers’ efforts.
The NDC had also expected the three security ministers to be barred from serving, but this was not the case.
This follows allegations that the Minority in Parliament “cashed out” with the Akufo-Addo government in order to approve its ministers.
This comes after the NDC’s National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, went public with his criticism of the NDC leadership in Parliament, particularly the speaker, Alban Bagbin, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu, and Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak.
According to Mr Gyamfi, these leaders “brazenly defied the party leadership and betrayed the collective good for their selfish interests.” And we must not allow them to succeed in their narrow-minded quest to demolish the NDC, the party that has done so much for them and all of us. The shame they have brought on the party will be an albatross around their necks for the rest of their lives.”
The party has since stated that it has reconciled with the past, but it appears that footsoldiers have a long memory.