An MP from the minority side claims that some of his colleagues gave in during the vote to approve President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s ministerial and judicial picks.

Kweku George Ricketts-Hagan, an MP for Cape Coast South, claims that some NDC MPs used the strength of the minority caucus to reject the appointees’ approval in exchange for personal government benefits.

Ricketts-Hagan claimed in an interview with TV3 that the minority caucus’ leadership was aware that some of their members had been purchased by the government. Ricketts-Hagan responded, “Absolutely, no doubt,” when asked if he was implying that some of the NDC MPs had been bribed.

He went on to explain that their leadership informed them of the alleged number of MPs purchased by the government. In addition, is it just a coincidence that the numbers are the same?” he addressed.

Ricketts-Hagan went on to say that their adversaries informed them during a meeting that they had bought their people, requiring them to exercise caution in their endeavors.

These allegations come after Parliament gave mixed approval to Akufo-Addo’s most recent batch of ministerial and judicial nominees.

After a heated debate, Ghana’s parliament approved all six nominees for ministerial positions as well as two nominees for Supreme Court justices. On March 24, the parliament of Ghana approved all six nominees. Following a heated debate the day before, the voting process was tense.

Speaker Alban Bagbin said that out of 275 eligible MPs, three voted absent, all nominees received more than the minimum of 138 votes.

However, the party’s decision to vote against the nominees’ approval was not followed by all National Democratic Congress (NDC) members.

Kobina Tahiru Hammond was approved to be the Minister of Trade and Industry; Bryan Acheampong was approved to be the Minister of Food and Agriculture; Stephen Asamoah Boateng was approved to be the Minister of Chieftaincy; Mohammed Amin Adam was approved to be the Minister of State (Ministry of Finance); Osei Bonsu Amoah was approved to be the Minister of Local Government; and Stephen Amoah was approved to be the Deputy Minister of Trade and

George Kingsley Koomson, a Justice of the Court of Appeal, and Justice Ernest Yao Gaewu, a Justice of the High Court, were the two Supreme Court nominees that were approved.

The approval process sparked controversy because some NDC lawmakers were alleged to have disobeyed party directives. Despite this, the Speaker of Parliament mentioned that each nominee received the required number of votes to be approved.