According to reports, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta are having an increasingly strained relationship.
According to The Herald, sources inside the New Patriotic Party (NPP) believe that the schism is the result of poor economic management in Ghana.
According to the Herald, the two high-ranking officials continue to dispute on economic issues.
Despite their tight relationship, sources indicate that the Finance Minister does not frequently attend Economic Management Team meetings convened by Dr. Bawumia. When present, he is believed to arrive late or behave in opposition to the team’s decisions.
Insiders are mystified by the persistent battle between the Vice-President and the Finance Minister, and they wonder why the President has not taken action, especially with a general election coming up this year, according to the Herald.
The administration is experiencing internal dissatisfaction, particularly as a result of the Finance Minister’s introduction of a 15% Value Added Tax (VAT) on power users to improve income for the COVID-19 recovery program.
Atta Akyea, Member of Parliament for Akim Abuakwa South, has encouraged the Finance Minister to consider standing down for his personal well-being and the good of the administration. As the country’s economy struggles, there has been an increase in calls for Ofori-Atta’s resignation.
Atta-Akyea went on to say that Ofori-Atta’s departure might help calm the seas for both the administration and the nation.
“He should look at himself and look at all the troubles that everybody believes that I mean when he is not there then the nation will have peace, if that is what is the thinking of the people, I will advise myself. He should save himself and save the government and have his peace because he needs it, a man cannot be troubled in the manner in which he has been troubled,” Mr Atta Akyea said.
Surprisingly, powerful personality Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, President Akufo-Addo’s cousin, is said to endorse the notion of the Finance Minister quitting the cabinet.
Justin Frimpong Kodua, NPP general secretary, has also urged tired ministers, CEOs, and MMDCEs to quit rather than jeopardize the party’s development.