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“MP prioritizes voting on Akufo-Addo’s appointees over attending her father’s funeral

Recently, it was reported that Rita Odoley Sowah, the Member of Parliament for La Dadekotopon, chose to miss her late father’s funeral in order to be present in parliament to vote on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s appointees. The parliament was in an extended session as it considered the votes on the nominations of six individuals as ministers and one as a deputy minister. Although the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Minority MPs had stated their intention to reject the nominations, the results announced by the Speaker of Parliament showed that all the nominees received majority votes and were approved by parliament.

Despite the NDC MPs’ earlier promises to reject the nominees, many were disappointed when all six ministerial nominees were approved by majority votes, especially since there were 136 NDC MPs on either side of the House. Dzifa Gunu, an NDC member, praised Rita Odoley Sowah for her sacrifice, but the sacrifice was in vain since the nominees were still approved.

The MPs for Madina, Tamale North, and North Tongu – Francis-Xavier Sosu, Alhassan Sayibu Suhuyini, and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa – expressed their disappointment with cryptic messages. The House also approved the nominations of two Supreme Court justices. The NDC leadership has yet to issue a statement on the outcome of the vote.

The vote tallies for each ministerial nominee were also provided, with all six being approved by majority votes

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