The Minority in Parliament has abstained from the debate on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The Minority walked out of Parliament last Thursday during the president’s State of the Nation Address.
The Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, told the House on Tuesday that they have waived their right to second the motion for the debate and to participate fully.
“Our principle is that we are not participating in this. We will not be speaking to this,” he said.
THE WALK OUT
Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Minority side on Thursday staged a drama in parliament as they boycotted the 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Clad in black, the Minority MPs chanted the National Anthem as they walked out of the chamber shortly after President Akufo-Addo took his seat Thursday morning in the chamber.
“And help us to resist oppressors’ rule with all our will, and might forevermore,” they chanted as they chanted as they walked out of the chamber.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs last week announced that they would boycott the 2020 SONA if government failed to release five per cent of the District Assemblies’ Common Fund (DACF).
In 2013, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members in Parliament who were then the Minority, in a similar move boycotted the State of the Nation Address delivered by the then President John Dramani Mahama.
Their action was in line with their position not to engage in any act that would appear to give legitimacy to Mr. Mahama’s presidency until the Supreme Court ruled on the petition brought before it which was then challenging the results of the 2012 presidential election.
By: News Desk Report