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Exodus of ‘bigwig’ NPP MPs from Parliament – See the growing list

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The New Patriotic Party (NPP) claims it will know by Friday, December 29, how many of its lawmakers will not run for re-election.

A rising number of NPP MPs are stepping down from Parliament, including those regarded heavyweights in both the party and national politics. Many political observers viewed the event as unfavorable, particularly for the NPP’s prospects in the 2024 national elections.

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Haruna Mohammed, Deputy General Secretary of the NPP, believes the party has a fair number of skilled hands to take over from the seasoned but retiring parliamentarians.

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, First Deputy Speaker Joe Osei-Wusu, and former Ministers Joe Ghartey (Railways and previously Attorney-General and Justice), Samuel Atta Akyea (Works and Housing), Dan Botwe (Local Government and Rural Development), and Kwasi Amoako-Atta (Roads and Highways) are among those leaving.

Haruna Mohammed told JoyNews over the phone that mentoring leaders is characteristic of the NPP and that enough people have been mentored to take over. As a result, there is no cause for concern.

“… By tomorrow we’ll have a formal report of those who will not be going. However, the New Patriotic Party has always positioned themselves well when it comes to parliamentary representation.

“We encourage the use of mentorship and also to make sure that we get the right persons to fill those particular positions. Even though parliament will be losing experienced hands in terms of contribution, in terms of procedure, and what have you, if you look at the likes of JH Mensah, the likes of Hackman Owusu Agyeman, the likes of Papa Owusu-Ankoma, and co, when Parliament was so very interesting in those days, you could see that we have been able to bring up new persons in the form of the current Majority Leader who was in that Parliament. But you are seeing more from him, you have seen Afenyo Markin, you see Habib Iddrisu. So new upcoming politicians and members of parliament or representatives from the NPP have always contributed their quota and the exit of these experienced ones as you are mentioning, I believe that we will get more and more experienced ones…”

Checkout the list below:

  • Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu (Suame) – Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs
  • Joseph Osei-Owusu (Bekwai) – 1st Deputy Speaker of Parliament
  • Samuel Atta Akyea (Abuakwa South) – Chairman, Mines and Energy Committee
  • Joe Ghartey (Essikado Ketan)
  • Kennedy Agyepong (Assin Central) – Chairman, Defence and Interior Committee
  • Dan Botwe (Okere) – Minister for Local Government and Rural Development
  • Kwasi Amoako-Atta (Atiwa West) – Minister for Roads and Highways
  • Dr. Kwaku Afriyie (Sefwi Wiawso) – Minister for Environment, Science and Technology
  • Dr. Emmanuel Marfo (Oforikrom) – First term MP
  • Benito Owusu-Bio (Atwima Nwabiagya) – Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources
  • Carlos Ahenkorah (Tema West) – Chairman, Trade, Industry and Tourism Committee
  • Nana Kwasi Adjei Boateng (New Juabeng North)
  • William Owuraku Aidoo (Afigya Kwabre South) – Deputy Minister for Energy
  • Johnson Adu (Ahafo Ano South West)
  • Francis Manu-Adabor (Ahafo Ano South-East) – Chairman, Lands and Forestry Committee
  • Suleman Sanid (Ahafo Ano North)
  • Kojo Kum (Ahanta West) – Former Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs
  • Francisca Oteng (Kwabre East) – Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection

 

 

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