The Council of Elders of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has served notice it will be meeting the president over the mounting pressure for the removal of Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta.
The elders of the party have met over the issue and want to meet with the president for the way forward on the incessant calls for the removal of the finance minister.
A member of the Council of Elders and former Chief of Staff in the Kufuor administration, Mr Kwadwo Mpianim, said the council met and a decision was taken for the members to meet with the president for the way forward concerning the internal clamour for the removal the finance minister.
The former Chief of Staff said this on Accra-based Joy FM on Thursday, November 17, 2022.
He said the council cannot take a stand on the matter until it has met with the president.
After a lull, some 98 New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislators returned to their earlier demand for Mr Ofori-Atta’s head.
Their resolution followed a meeting on Tuesday, 15 November 2022.
They agreed that Mr Ofori-Atta must exit the government immediately.
Their spokesman, Asante-Akim North MP Andy Appiah-Kubi, said: “We’ve gone back to ‘sack him now’ and, therefore, should the budget be presented under the stamp of the Finance Minister, we’ll not participate because, as far as we’re concerned, we’re never going to do business with him.
“And if we’re not going to do business with him, he does not participate in any process from the Presidency to the House. We will not participate in deliberations too.”
“We’re not saying we won’t do the president’s business; we’re saying we won’t do the president’s business through Ofori-Atta.
So, if anybody else comes with the president’s business, we’ll participate,” he said.
A group sympathetic to the NPP, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), also issued a press statement in the same direction.