A walkout by Parliament’s Minority ahead of President Akufo-Addo’s State of the Nations Address has attracted widespread criticism and condemnation among a large section of Ghanaians.
The latest to add their voice to this is the leadership of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) who believe the Minority Members of Parliament failed to show leadership with their action.
Speaking to ABC News after the presentation by the President, Acting Chairperson of the Party, Hajia Hamdatu Ibrahim Haruna expressed shock over the attitude of the Minority MPs.
“I’m scandalized. I’m highly disappointed and I think even if they had a case, they should have been there so that they will take notes because the business of the day will commence tomorrow, and they will participate. I think it doesn’t send the right signal. This is not a budget statement where maybe they are not happy about, this is a State of the Nation which is a constitutional mandate that the President must give the State of the Nation Address every year so walking out, I think it’s not the best,” she pointed out.
Even though a section of the Minority have rationalised the Parliamentary boycott, alleging that the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) did same while in opposition, the CPP Acting Chair says they have to render an apology to Ghanaians for their unruly conduct.
“I was even sitting with some members of the NDC, they were also disappointed. I think they didn’t show good leadership, that is my candid opinion. I think the Minority have to apologize to Ghanaians because people sent them to Parliament, they didn’t come on their own so their constituents want them to listen, and then maybe come and tell them exactly how they feel about the State of the Nations Address,” she averred.
Watch her interview with ABC News below: