The North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has tendered in his resignation to the Speaker of Parliament indicating his decision to step down as a member of the Appointments Committee.
He delivered the letter to the Speaker, Alban Bagbin and the Minority Leader, Haruna Idrissu on Tuesday night.
The exact reason for his resignation is yet-to-be known however he says the decision is personal and based on principle.
Describing the resignation as a “difficult” decision, he said he took the step after “careful reflection and thoughtful considerations.”
The North Tongu legislator added that he will not be available for the vetting of President Akufo-Addo’s yet-to-be-announced deputy ministerial list.
“My resignation is with immediate effect and therefore, I shall not be available for the vetting of nominees for Deputy Ministerial positions,” a part of his letter read.
Meanwhile, Citi News understands that the Speaker of Parliament has requested a meeting with him over the decision.
Mr. Ablakwa has been a member of the committee since the 6th Parliament which was inaugurated in 2013.
The work of the committee particularly the 13-member minority caucus has recently come under criticism after they oversaw the approval of all of Nana Akufo-Addo’s ministerial nominees in spite of wide public view that some nominees were below par in terms of their performance at the vetting.
The recent approval of Ken Ofori-Atta as Minister for Finance saw some members of the NDC chastising their representatives on the Appointments’ Committee for not being thorough and critical of the nominee.