Politics of 2014-06-15

Accept Mahama’s ministerial reshuffle – Cadres to NDC supporters

The United Cadres Front (UCF) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged party supporters and sympathizers to accept President John Dramani Mahama’s ministerial reshuffle.

The UCF said it had observed with much indignation, past and present negative developments, which are giving the Party a bad name; declaring that the reshuffle has ignited some displeasure particularly in the Upper West and East Regions, leading to statements, in some cases, that gave the President a one-week ultimatum to rescind his decision or face their wrath.

A statement signed by Camillus Maalneriba-Tia Sakzeesi, UCF Deputy General Secretary said: “Much as the UCF may share in the sentiments expressed over the changes, we equally feel these threats are gradually gaining roots within the Party, which is gradually eroding the good name the NDC has carved for itself.”

“The President, as it is said, constitutionally has the power to ‘hire and fire,’ and can fire an appointee from a low level to a high pedestal. If this reasoning is anything to go by, do we think that such threats would eventually inure to the benefit of the affected Ministers?”

The statement admitted that, “the manner the two Ministers have been tossed around within the past one year is very much disturbing, and we are of this opinion because it can easily destabilize the Party”.

It however expressed the believe in the good judgment of the President, that he has positive reasons pertaining to these changes.

“It is the UCF’s candid opinion that all NDC supporters throughout the country, use laid down channels to register their misgivings over political nominations/removals, rather than use unconventional means to achieve results,” the statement said.