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Politics of Friday, 16 December 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

We won’t reject appointments from Nana Addo – Smaller parties

Barely a day after President-Elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo asked for more time to enable him select ministers for his government; Citi News can confirm that some smaller opposition parties are also looking forward to appointments in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration.

Ahead of his official swearing-in on January 7, 2017, Nana Akufo-Addo was expected to present the list of his proposed ministers to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for review.

However that could not happen after a meeting on Thursday, as the President demanded to be given some more time to enable him carry out the necessary consultation as to who to appoint, as pressure mounts on him.

But even before Nana Addo makes the appointments in his party, other smaller political parties who performed poorly in the just ended polls are also lacing their boots to serve in the new administration.

Speaking to Citi News, the National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Mornah, said an appointment from the Nana Addo led administration to any member of the PNC will not be out of place.

“The PNC in the past has had some members of the party serve under Kufuor’s government and even under the late Atta Mills – John Mahama administration; and so it is not new that you will have PNC members serve in governments that are not of the PNC.

So the PNC cannot restrict Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP from making appointment of people they believe will be able to serve the nation.” The Progressive People’s Party’s (PPP), Director of Communications, Paa Kow Ackon, also said the party has always been in support of an all-inclusive government and would also welcome any appointment.

“We made it clear during the campaign that we are a party that is interested in an all-inclusive administration and we will assemble the best to run the affairs of this country and so if Nana Addo, the president elect feels that members of the PPP can help him achieve his goal, why not? It’s all for the betterment of the country,” he said.

Speaking to Citi News, the Communications director for the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Kadir Abdul Rauf Issifu, also said the issue was nothing to debate about as it would be for the benefit of the country.

“The Convention People’s Party (CPP) for a long period of time has boasted of human resources. So if for the sake of development, the president-elect extends an invitation to the CPP to bring men that could help him realize his (Nana Akufo-Addo) vision for the country, I don’t think that is an invitation that we would want to reject. After all, it is not about the CPP and the NPP.”