Immediate past Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu on Thursday rejected the new seat allocated to him in Parliament after he was removed by the executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The MP for Tamale South was offered a seat previously occupied by Asutifi South MP Collins Dauda, but said he is unable to accept a seat belonging to his senior in the lawmaking chamber.
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The former leader whose removal sparked controversies among his colleagues had to partake in Thursday’s business of the House from the seat of the First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu on the Majority side.
“I have to assume your chair [sic] there was whether I should take over from Honourable Collins Duada or yours,” he told Osei-Owusu, who was then presiding, when it was his turn to make a submission in the House. “And I told them that Honourable Collins Dauda is senior by age even to this House. I will not sit in his chair as somebody who is well trained from home.”
“So, any other chair will be accepted by me. Mr. Speaker, I am still the elected Member of Parliament for the people of Tamale South, I thank you,” he added.
Cassiel Ato Forson replaced Haruna Iddrisu as the Minority Leader on January 24 after executives of the NDC decided to reshuffle their leadership.
Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, MP for Ellembelle also replaced Ketu North MP, James Klutse Avedzi as the Deputy Minority Leader while Kwame Governs Agbodza replaced Asawase MP, Muntaka Mubarak as the Minority Chief Whip.