Some members of the Tema West branch of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), have stated that it was not fair for their Party (NDC) to call for the resignation of Deputy
Trade Minister Carlos Ahenkorah without investigations.
They therefore called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to disregard the call for the resignation of Mr Carlos Ahenkorah, until due process was strictly followed.
“Why should Carlos resign his position when no investigation has even been conducted into the issue? Mr Kofi Mensah, leader of the group queried in a News Conference held in Tema on Thursday.
He admitted that although Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa was playing his role as an opposition member of Parliament, it was not fair to call for the resignation of the Deputy Minister, when due diligence was yet to be carried out on the issue.
“We watched the video carefully and as Ghanaians, we regret that two fine gentlemen of our country’s officialdom found themselves in such an unrestrained situation, but we do not think it is fair to lay the blame on one person.
“Personally my take is that, the two gentlemen acted the way they did because they were both passionate about our country – the Deputy Minister was passionately defending our President and our Ministry while the MP was passionately advocating transparency.”
He said although it worthy to applaud both of them for carrying out their responsibilities, they also need to be cautioned against using anger to drum home their points.
Mr Mensah said “Fundraising is something that is done all over the world by government officials. This is not to say that Carlos Ahenkorah and the Trade Ministry did indeed raise funds, but even if they did, what is wrong with that?”
Mr Mensah said NDC had decided to wade into the issue because Mr Ahenkorah was their Member of Parliament and was also a successful private man and would not engage in such activities.
“We call on His Excellency the President to ignore the propagandist calls to fire him.”
Mr Ahenkorah and Mr Ablakwa clashed verbally in an interview outside parliamentary proceedings drawing more attention in the media.
The video has gone viral, a situation that necessitated the group to call on President Akufo-Addo not to sack the Deputy Minister without thorough investigations.
“The crux of the interviews were on the awards organised by the Millennium Excellence Foundation in Accra.”