It was the first time members of the Majority Caucus held a press conference to call for the resignation of the finance minister and minister of state at the finance ministry because they had lost the ability to perform the duties of their jobs in government.
Since the MPs’ “unprecedented” press conference, the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, intervened to advocate on their behalf. However, the MPs refused to change their minds, so the president requested that they wait until Ofori-Atta has finished the ongoing IMF negotiations and delivered the 2023 budget statement to Parliament before they bring up the subject once more.
On Tuesday, November 1, it was revealed that a wealthy businessman had also agreed to meet with the MPs who were “anti-Ofori-Atta” in an effort to persuade them to drop their demand as a result of the president’s involvement.
This powerful, unnamed businessman allegedly tried to give a brown envelope stuffed with cash to the more than 90 MPs who organised the news conference calling for the removal of Ken Ofori-Atta and Charles Adu Boahen.
“I have it on good information that a businessman tried to do something here. According to what I’ve been informed, he arrived here and attempted to resolve the issue in his own way, but was turned off by the locals and warned not to get involved. So he left,” Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said in an interview with Joy News.
In an interview with Joy FM that GhanaWeb was able to catch, Asante Akim North MP Andy Appiah-Kubi described their meeting with this powerful billionaire. He stated that:
“I am a member of the group that planned the news conference in response to the demand that the Finance Minister be fired. We have been discussing this issue at meetings, and on one occasion a man came us and offered to mediate on the finance minister’s behalf.
“We reassured him that we had nothing against the Finance Minister specifically, other than the fact that the public had lost faith in him and that we had been contacted by constituents. As a result, we believed it was time for him to step down in order to restore the public’s faith in the ministry and the government.