The Minority has never said that they will consistently boycott parliamentary proceedings, according to Malik Basintale, the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) deputy communications officer.
He made it clear that the Minority in Parliament had stated that it would not attend sessions of the House of Commons when its colleagues were scheduled to appear in court for proceedings related to their individual cases.
Malik Basintale stated in a TV3 interview that was broadcast and shared on Twitter that he finds it difficult for anyone to argue that the Minority is acting imprudently given that they regularly attend committee meetings and other days of the week.
“The Minority has not stated anywhere that we will perpetually abstain from participating in parliamentary activity. Additionally, the Minority has not declared anywhere that we will consistently abstain from parliamentary proceedings. It has been made plain that we will boycott any court appearances that James Gyakye Quayson makes.
“So, if James Gyakye Quayson does not appear in court on Monday and there is a legislative meeting that day and we show up, do you mean to suggest that we are unprincipled people? You claim we are unprincipled if we show up to committee meetings on Tuesday morning between 6 and 10 if James Gyakye Quayson is scheduled to appear in court.
Who is being unprincipled in that way? He either hasn’t read what the Minority has stated or he hasn’t been paying attention all this time. He said, “He won’t sit down and say all sorts of things he has been saying if he has been following whatever we have been doing with regard to this activity, because it is obvious that he has,” the man said.
Two requests for a stay of the court’s proceedings made by James Gyakye Quayson’s solicitors have thus far been denied.