Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a representative for the North Tongu Constituency, claims that in a democratic society, the Minority has the right to boycott legislative proceedings.
He consequently denied claims that National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs are impeding the nation’s growth.
Following Assin North MP James Gyakye Quayson’s oath of office on Tuesday, July 4, Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Baah Forson gave notice that the caucus will abstain from any proceedings whenever Quayson was scheduled to appear in court.
This threat was eventually intensified by the caucus to include Dr. Ato Forson’s own trial as well as that of Asutifi South MP Collins Dauda.
However, this choice has drawn criticism from a number of parties. The People’s National Convention (PNC), for example, has asked the Finance Ministry to impose a penalty on all MPs who skip House meetings since their behaviour is “causing financial loss to the state.”
I’ll refer to Ghana. Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa stated that the NDC MPs’ constitutional right to oppose the “persecution” their three colleagues are facing under this administration continues to be upheld tonight on Thursday, July 6.
According to him, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo made the “most egregious prejudicial comment” in Assin North, which is the basis for the protest.
He said, “We are on good legal ground and we are saying that what has prompted our current action is the President’s latest prejudicial statements where he categorically states that Hon. Quayson is going to prison.”
“This is a recurring pattern. The path of justice will be tampered with when a government decides to conduct a single Kangaroo trial. You don’t just watch your coworkers go to the abattoir while you sit around doing nothing.