Justice Sai, PhD, a law lecturer at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration ( GIMPA) has asserted political parties have the power and authority to change the leadership of their caucus in Parliament. For him it is unequivocally within their right to change the leaders of Members of Parliament (MPs) who went to Parliament on their ticket.
In what is an apparent defence of the seeming unilateral decision of the national leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to change the leadership of its caucus in Parliament, Justice Sai, a much respected legal luminary, noted that even though consulting the caucus could be helpful, political reserve the right to make the changes as and when seem fit.
“It is emphatically the province of a political party to determine its leadership in Parliament. Consultation with the caucus may be helpful, but is it not necessary,” he argued.
The decision of the NDC to change the leadership of its caucus without due consultation of the members of the caucus has raised a huge storm in the party. Notable MPs of the party such as Dr Dominic Ayine and Cletus Avoka have described the decision as undemocratic. Some party members have protested and given the party an ultimatum to reverse the decision.
The NDC has replaced Haruna Iddrisu with Cassiel Ato Forson as Minority Leader.