A group of New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament (MPs) have voiced their concerns over the treatment of former Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu. Led by Amidu Chinnia, MP for Sissala East Constituency, the MPs protested at Parliament on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, stating that it was unfair how the former Minority Leader was being treated.
The MPs pointed at two main issues to support their concerns. The first was Iddrisu’s removal from seven committees of the House, and the second was attempts to remove him from his current office because he had lost his leadership position.
“Haruna Iddrisu as Minority Leader, by virtue of his removal, he has been removed from several committees of which he was serving. Appointments, Business, Inter Parliamentary Union, Standing Orders Committees, among others,” the group spokesman lamented.
The MPs expressed their disappointment at the situation, stating that it amounted to a “case of humiliation to the MPs and their constituents.” They referred to Iddrisu and his chief whip, Mohammed Muntaka-Mubarak, and accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of betraying two major voter blocs of the party, the northern regions, and the Zongos (Muslim-dominated areas), by removing Iddrisu and Muntaka.
“The five northern regions at least should have been represented, the Zongo communities in Ghana which contribute significantly to the votes of the NDC should have been represented. These changes took away Haruna Iddrisu from the North, it took away Muntaka, a Zongo man,” the MP said.
The group of MPs also accused the NDC of marginalizing the northern regions and the Zongo communities by removing Iddrisu and Muntaka. The NPP MPs expressed their disappointment at the situation, stating that the move was a betrayal of the voters who had supported the NDC in the past.
The MPs urged the NDC to reconsider their decision and reinstate Iddrisu and Muntaka to their previous positions. They stated that this would be a sign of good faith and would help to restore the confidence of the voters in the party.
In conclusion, the group of NPP MPs protested against the treatment of former Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu. They expressed their disappointment at his removal from seven committees of the House and attempts to remove him from his current office. The MPs accused the NDC of betraying two major voter blocs of the party, the northern regions, and the Zongos, by removing Iddrisu and Muntaka. The group of MPs urged the NDC to reconsider their decision and reinstate Iddrisu and Muntaka to their previous positions