The National Communications Officer for the opposition NDC is disappointed about the decision by Minority MPs on Parliament’s Appointments Committee to approve Defence Minister-designate, Dominic Nitiwul.
Sammy Gyamfi who was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen on Tuesday said he was shocked when he heard the NDC MPs had fallen for Mr Nitiwul’s “cosmetic explanations” on the violence that were perpetrated by some military in some parts of the country ahead of the 2020 general elections.
“People are appalled and dissatisfied with the decision because the MPs have endorsed Nitiwul who led the institution to terrorise citizens in our strongholds,” he told the Ekosii Sen Host OB.
He continued, “Nobody is saying that he [Nitiwul] shouldn’t be a minister, if the NPP parliamentarians say that they want him as Defense Minister and they vote in his favour, and he becomes Minister that is fine.
“But for the NDC side to go on record as having given its blessing and endorsement to his nomination, I think that goes against everything the party stands for and everything our rank and file has toiled for.”
Currently, the destinies of eight ministerial nominees hang in a balance after the Minority rejected three and requested five to reappear before the Parliament’s Appointments Committee for further questioning.
The rejected nominees; Information Minister-designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mrs Mavis Hawa Koomson and Minister-designate for Food Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto will be presented to Parliament for a vote.
This same rejection is what Mr Gyamfi argues, should be the fate of Defense Minister-designate, Dominic Nitiwul.
“It does not send the right signal to the NDC, especially in the Volta Region who were treated as second class citizens under the guise of fighting Covid-19,” he fumed.
The NDC Communications Officer could not fathom why the NDC MPs did not reject him for deploying soldiers to Banda and Volta Region during the 2020 general election.
“I’m struggling to come to terms as to why our representation in Parliament will take such a decision. It has far-reaching effects on the people they are leading,” he added.
Mr Gyamfi said the decision is very unpopular and “goes against everything our rank-and-file have voted and toiled for.”