A member of the Central Regional Finance Committee of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Paa Kwesi Brew-Yalley, has jumped to the defence of the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, debunking claims that he was a stranger in the NDC.
According to Yalley, Dr. Duffuor is well known in NDC politics, and therefore, can never be referred to as a stranger in the party.
“The NDC party is such a big party that not every member would know the exact contribution of every individual. Dr. Duffuor must therefore be recognised as part and parcel of the party,” he said in an interview with The Chronicle in Accra yesterday.
He stated that Dr. Duffuor, as Governor of the Bank of Ghana under the leadership of ex-president Jerry John Rawlings, had a good working relationship with the NDC, and performed his duties creditably.
“He worked creditably as the Finance Minister during the reign of the NDC, and resigned when the NPP came into power, so it would be out of place when he is described as a stranger in our party,” Paa Kwesi argued.
Mr. Yalley, who was reacting to a publication carried by The Chronicle last week Friday, under the heading “DUFFUOR CAUSE OF CHAOS IN NDC,” argued that the appointment of Dr. Duffuor, as the Finance Minister by President John Evans Atta Mills, should be “seen as satisfying the regional balance requirement, as demanded by the 1992 Constitution.
In the said publication, a former Communications Director of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Seth Ofori, was reported “to have blown the lid on the rationale behind the persistent attacks on President Mills by some leading members of the ruling party and their footsoldiers.”
Mr. Seth Ofori had argued that he “does not see why Dr. Kwabena Duffuor should be controlling the purse of the state, when he was not in the trenches with them.”
Paa Kwesi observed that Mr. Ofori was speaking out of the numerous complaints he had received from some aggrieved party members, adding, “I have also had similar complaints from key NDC officials, so Seth was only reechoing the feelings of a section of the party.”
According to the Central Region NDC member, “I share the sentiments of Seth on his comments on the Heritage newspaper, but now that they are throwing light on the performance of the government, we must give them the benefit of the doubt.”
Paa Kwesi, still in the defence of Dr. Dufuor, argued that to him, one does not necessarily need to go public on one’s political affiliation before the person is seen as a party member.
“If we are all to go public, how would we gather intelligence from the opposing parties,” he queried.
He pleaded with members of the NDC to “rather applaud the performance of the Finance Minister, instead of making him look like stranger among us.”