22 February 2013

Ghana: Minority to Deliver Its State of the Nation On Tuesday

The New Patriotic Party minority in Parliament will deliver its own State of the Nation address at a press conference in Parliament House on Tuesday, February 26.

According to the Minority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, the party's position is informed by various representations the Minority had received from Ghanaians in all spheres of national life.

"We've got to a point in time in the life of this country, when serious happenings in society are being swept under the carpet, in favour of propaganda and outright lies. We intend to lay bare the true state of the nation."

Members of the NPP Minority failed to stay in the House to listen to the Head of State delivering his State of the Nation address. Mr. Mensah-Bonsu explained that the boycott was consistent with the position of the party, that Mahama was never the legitimate Head of State.

"Our boycott is consistent with our position that Mr. Mahama was wrongly declared the winner of the last election by bungling officers of the Electoral Commission. That is why the leadership of the party is in court, challenging the declaration of the result. Since he did not win the vote, in our view, we cannot be seen to be giving succour to a person whose position is a source of litigation."

Asked how long the NPP in Parliament would continue to boycott events affecting the President, the Minority Leader said the circumstances of each situation would be weighed against the public interest of effective representation.

Yesterday, the Minority members took their seats in Parliament, but left the floor just before Mr. Mahama entered to deliver his address. Ghana Television cameras captured the empty seats of the 123-member minority NPP members.

After the Presidential Address, an obviously embarrassed Leader of Government Business, Dr. Benjamin Kunmbuor, tried to joke with the Minority boycott.

He told President Mahama that as a result of the bulky presentation he made to Parliament, their colleagues in the Minority had taken the lead to go and research into the Presidential address in readiness for the debate to ensue from it.

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