It’s wrong to project partisan interest over constituents’ needs – Prof Gyampo

It’s wrong to project partisan interest over constituents’ needs – Prof Gyampo

A lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, Prof Ransford Gyampo has described as unacceptable, makes an attempt by the governing New Patriotic Party to pressure its interest on its Members of Parliament (MP).

According to him, lawmakers are elected to symbolize their constituents, thus, they owe their first allegiance to the electorates.

Speaking on JoyFM’s Super Moring Show, on Wednesday, he noted that the country will experience higher progress if the needs of constituents are served.

“Before political parties were birthed, the concept of representation existed. Representation predates partisan politics,” he said on Wednesday.

His feedback comply with a gathering with the Majority Caucus on November 22, to discover an amicable decision to the deadlock within the NPP Parliamentary group.

Some 98 NPP MPs have been demanding the quick elimination of the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta accusing him of financial mismanagement.

The Party has resolved that the President will act on the sooner calls for of the MPs after the 2023 budget has been read and appropriated.

In view of this, Prof Gyampo noticed that the NPP and the President have priritised their partisan pursuits over that of the populace.

“It appears that we may all have to abandon our various professions and join partisan political campaigns to get a ministerial appointment, because there is something there that when you just hold on to it becomes difficult to abandon,” Prof Gyampo told host, Winston Amoah.

The lecturer couldn’t fathom why an “accomplished businessman” [Ken Ofori-Atta] doesn’t need to heed requires his resignation even from his “own camp.”

He expressed shock {that a} party that claimed to have ‘the men’, doesn’t need to let go of 1 man who’s accused of being the explanation for the country’s present financial hardship.

“The issue about let’s allow him to read the budget, I mean anybody can read the budget. A budget preparation and this IMF negotiation is not done between the IMF and just one man.

“It’s done with other people. So, once a party has the men other people should be able to clearly step in to help,” Prof Gyampo said.

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