The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has supported the decisions taken by the Minority in Parliament to boycott the 2020 State of the Nation Address presented to Parliament by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo today (Thursday, 20th February).
The Minority Members, dressed in black and red and led by MP for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu staged a surprise walk-out immediately the President was ushered in to deliver the address.
Earlier, as both sides of the House jointly sang the National Anthem with the Ghana Police Band stationed at the Public Gallary of the Chamber, the Minority repeatedly stressed the line; “and help us resist oppressors’ rule”.
Speaking to Journalists in Parliament over the walk-out, General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia justified the boycott.
“What type of democracy would you have where the door for Electoral Commission to conduct proper elections based on consensus is being shut?”
“You have the security of the elections being compromised and the right to speak is also being shut. So I believe that they (NDC MPs) are also exercising one of the remaining rights, that is the right not to participate in what you disagree with,” the General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah said.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs last week announced that they would boycott the 2020 SONA if government failed to release five percent of the District Assemblies’ Common Fund (DACF).
Story filed by: Edzorna Francis Mensah.