Haruna Iddrisu is strong enough to withstand attacks – Yaw Buaben Asamoa

The Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoa says the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu can survive recent attacks and criticisms against his leadership in Parliament.

“Is Haruna strong enough to withstand the attack? And the resignation is part of the attack. I was trying to find out if an MP had the right to resign from a committee because you have been sent there by an order. But the standing orders just say that you have to belong to a minimum of one committee. So I can’t allow myself to deal with that resignation.

“It is a legitimate shot in seeking to dislodge Haruna, but question [is] can that succeed? I don’t think that will succeed. It will not succeed because I believe the Speaker’s side will rally to the support of the incumbent leadership,” he told JoyNews’ Samson Lardy Anyenini on Newsfile, Saturday.

According to Yaw Buaben Asamoa, the resignation of the North-Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa from the Appointments Committee of Parliament together with subsequent criticisms seeks to question the leadership of Haruna Iddrisu.

His comment comes on the back of a statement by a former MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, indicating that Mr Ablakwa’s decision to resign was a sign of vote-of-no-confidence in the minority leadership.

But Mr. Haruna Iddrisu has reaffirmed his position as Minority Leader; stating that he is “fully in charge” of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s lawmakers in Parliament.

Earlier, the North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, in a letter dated March 30, addressed to the Speaker, Alban Kingsford Bagbin, announced his decision to resign from Parliament’s Appointments Committee.

He explained that his sudden resignation was “after days of careful reflection and thoughtful considerations.

“I shall like to state that the reasons for this difficult decision are both personal and on principle,” was all Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa alluded to in his letter.

Meanwhile, Mr Buaben Asamoa is blaming the present fracture emerging in the opposition NDC on the ineffective role of leaders in the party.


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