The Minority in Parliament, in a press interaction, has put forth the reasons for staging a walkout at this year’s States of the Nation’s Address, stating that they will not sit and listen to an intolerable President, when he has consistently ignored the plight of Ghanaians.
Defending their action, the Minority Leader Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, said the Minority walkout was a bold protest against tyranny and to send a clear message directly to President Akufo-Addo, that enough is enough.
Emphasising that the Minority will no longer accept the growing levels of impunity and unconstitutionalism masked by duplicitous and hollow rhetoric.
They accused the government of being insensitive to the plights of Ghanaians, yet expect the minority to keep quiet even when they are leading the country to a collapse.
“We are clad in black today to mourn the fascist and authoritarian tendencies that have conspired to threaten the health of Ghana’s democracy.
We have in the face of extreme provocation exercised restraint and urged the president to depart from his perilous path that puts the democracy of our country at great risk”. They explained.
They also accused President Akufo-Addo, of conducting the affairs of state with the kind of tyranny, despotism and authoritarianism that frightens many objective observers.
Sadly, they said, matters of the country are totally out of control, and Ghana’s democracy is now threatened by the highhandedness of President Akufo-Addo, as Ghanaians continue to witness heightened impunity from officialdom.
“The man who in opposition styled himself as a champion democrat has turned out to be a nightmare and an existential threat to our fledgling democracy”. The Minority mocked President Akufo-Addo.
The Minority pointed out that President Akufo-Addo, has refused to implement the recommendations of the Emile Short Commission, following the incident that occurred during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election in January 2019.
They reiterated that contrary to the Emile Short Commission recommendation, the President Akufo-Addo has blatantly refused to disband the illegal SWAT team which has been populated by known hoodlums belonging to his vigilante groups.
They also described President Akufo-Addo, as the only President in the history of the Fourth Republic to supervise the removal of Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Madam Charlotte Osei.
Stating that the President’s action on the EC appears to have paved the way for an elaborate scheme to rig the 2020 elections by compiling a new Voters Register.
According to Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, the Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, even confirmed their suspicion by revealing the real motive behind the government’s desperation to begin a new register, when he stated emphatically that if the NPP was successful in compiling a new Voters Register, the NDC will never come back to power.
“One wonders how a register that brought the NDC to power in 2012 and the NPP to power in 2016 can suddenly become so discredited in the eyes of the NPP, if not for the sinister agenda exposed inadvertently by the Majority Leader.
The. Akufo-Addo-led Government in cahoots with the Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission remains intransigent despite overwhelming public opposition, including from a strong coalition of Civil Society Organisations and Political Parties”. He lamented.
The Minority stated that they cannot help but agree with the US State Department Human Rights report, which has raised concerns of possible voter suppression in opposition strongholds as the real intention for the needless and wasteful new Voters Register.
They also blamed President Akufo-Addo for bringing media freedoms and free expression to an unprecedented attack.
They explained further that despite demands from the international community for action, the President has refused to speak to the issue nor given any update on the investigations of the investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussain-Suale, who was killed in line of duty, and has continued to closed down radio station, especially those with affiliation to his political opponents.
They said the Minority is being ignored consistently as a political party, even when they try to make an input.
So they’re therefore calling on the government, especially the President Akufo-Addo, to head to the plights of Ghanaians, and give Minority the respect due them, else they will continue to do so to resist oppressors rule.