The United Cadre’s Front (UCF) of National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Kroboland, and some chiefs in the area have registered their displeasure over recent calls made by some stalwarts of the ruling party for President John Dramani Mahama to sack his Finance Minister, Seth Terkper.
The groups are rallying support for Mr Terkper, a native of Kroboland.
According to the cadres and the chiefs – Nene Tetteh Agbleze III, dvisional chief of Plau Yilo Krobo Traditional Area and Setse Odehebi Keklebesi Apana, senior citizen and stool father of Okper Adumam-Kordum Royal Clan, Yilo Krobo Traditional Area in the Eastern Region – the current economic crisis confronting the country was not orchestrated by the embattled Finance Minster.
The NDC cadres and the chiefs, in separate press statements, condemned the Central Regional Communication Director of the NDC Allotey Jacobs, and Alhaji Bature Iddrisu of the Hajj newspaper over what they called “irresponsible, destructive and inflammable utterances” they made on two Accra-based radio stations- Adom FM and Citi FM between March 28, 2014 and March 29, 2014, calling on them to withdraw their comments.
The two Krobo traditional leaders stated: “We condemn Mr. Allotey Jacobs’ irresponsible destructive and inflammable utterance which described the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper as Judas of NDC as grossly improper, a calculated attempt by Mr. Allotey Jacobs and some members of NDC to destroy the good and transparent works of the Finance Minister.”
Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Bature last month during separate radio talk-shows called on President Mahama to sack Mr. Terkper. They claimed that he (Mr. Terkper) was incapable of managing Ghana’s economy, blaming him for the current economic crisis.
But the cadres and the chiefs believed Mr. Terkper as a “Minister of Finance inherited an unstable Global Economy falling of international commodity prices of our main exports such as gold and cocoa and virtually empty public coffers.”
The chiefs observed that “Seth Terkper is only acting as an auto mechanic making efforts to repair a faulty vehicle manufactured by someone, which is like the economy of this country created in bad condition inherited by the Minister which requires correction and improvement as he is doing.”
According to the cadres, the minister, since his assumption of office, had “done away with unsustainable financial policies that prove harmful to Ghana’s Economy.”
They continued: “He had proved himself to be a man of public probity putting economic interest of the nation before narrow sectarian concerns and personal gain. And as such we do not expect for people to be attacking such a hardworking minister who is trying to transform our crawling economy for the better.”
The cadres indicated that “those who seek to derail Seth Terkper seek to derail and destroy the progress he is undoubtedly making in rehabilitating our national economy for Ghana’s betterment as a nation.”