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ET Mensah asked my permission to be a Council of State member – Asiedu Nketiah discloses


Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has revealed that the late former Ningo-Prampram Member of Parliament (MP) Enoch Teye Mensah sought permission from the party before running for a position on the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government’s Council of State.

Some NDC members accused the late Enoch Teye Mensah, a.k.a ET Mensah, of deserting the opposition NDC when he ran for a seat on the Council of State.


Speaking during the state burial of the late ET Mensah, Asiedu Nketiah stated that it is incorrect to believe that the late former MP quit the NDC.

He revealed that ET Mensah, the NDC’s then-General Secretary, sought for him permission to run in the Council of State election in Ningo-Prampram, which he easily won.

“In fact, the issue about his contest to become a member of the council of state, he sought permission from me as the chief executive of the party (General Secretary) and I said there was nothing wrong with it.

“The way we play our politics in the NDC, we think that when a government (another party) is in power then it is a sin to work with any state institution… NPP (New Patriotic Party) does the opposite, when we are in power they contest for positions in the council of state, so they would be part of the decision-making there… so I said ET should do it,” he said.

Enoch Teye Mensah, the late former Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Prampram and ex-Minister for Sport, is set to be buried today, Friday, January 5, 2024.

In his honor, a state funeral service is being performed on the State House forecourt.

His corpse was put to rest at his Prampram home on Thursday, January 4, 2024.

On Sunday, January 7, 2024, a Thanksgiving ceremony will be performed in his honor at the Methodist Church in Prampram.

ET Mensah died in South Africa in October 2023, at the age of 77, following a long battle with illness.

From January 1997 until January 2017, he was a Member of Parliament and Minister for Youth, Sports, and Education.

He leaves behind a wife and seven children.






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