Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a representative for North Tongu Constituency, has revealed how the Minority in Parliament was prepared to confront Ambrose Dery, Minister of Interior, after his initial statement regarding the leaked tape of some senior officers attempting to have the Inspector General of Police (IGP) removed from office.
Following the disclosure of the tape, Mr. Dery—who is also the MP for Nandom Constituency—dismissed its contents and stated that no conspiracy to depose Dr. George Akuffo Dampare as IGP existed.
“There is no plot to remove anybody,” the Interior Minister told journalists in Accra on Tuesday, July 11.
“I can assure you that I serve a president who is committed and has respect for human rights,” he added.
“Under Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, we will make sure that 2024 is peaceful. One thing to be sure, 2024 will not be a violent election by anybody and no one will want to thwart the will of the people. If you vote us in, you vote us in, if you vote us out, you vote us out.”
On The Keypoints on Saturday, July 15, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa indicated that the Interior Minister had revised his story when the Minority criticized his response to media.
“His earlier response was not good,” the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP said, citing how Mr Dery “said that he doesn’t see any criminality on the tape when he met the parliamentary press corps”.
“So, we took him on in Parliament.”
For him, a definitive comment on the subject must come from the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is the minister’s superior.
“The Interior Minister did double speaking, earlier seeking to downplay [and] treat the tape with some contempt, then later the next day in Parliament now adopting the right posture.
“So, that flip flop approach, we don’t know which one really is coming from his boss. So, his boss himself must speak and give assurance but it should be without prejudice to what Parliament is going to do.”
A seven-person committee has now been formed by Speaker of the House Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin to look into the situation.
The majority and minority parties will each send three members, while a technical specialist will make up the last member.
The Speaker granted participants one week to submit their names.