Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, the Deputy Attorney General and Member of Parliament for Tempane has impressed upon the Minority Members of Parliament to go on their knees prayerfully and beg for forgiveness for walking out of Parliament before the State of the Nation (SONA) Address was presented.
Speaking to ABC News after the dramatic act by the Minority in Parliament, Mr. Kpemka described the act by the Minority as shameful and one lacking basis.
Just before President Akufo-Addo could take his seat and present the 2020 SONA, the Minority MPs staged a walkout after reciting repeatedly the last few lines of the National Anthem “and help us to resist oppressors’ rule with all our will and might forevermore.”
The Minority, in justifying their walkout said they wanted to draw attention to the ‘imminent threat’ the actions of President Akufo-Addo pose to the democracy of the country.
According to Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, their concerns range from what they describe as tyranny, despotism and authoritarianism” that has characterized the Akufo-Addo administration.
“Our reason fundamentally is that democracy is dear to us, its future dear to us and the people of ghana expects the dividends of the democracy and we consider President Nana Addo Dankwa, an imminent to the sustenance of democracy. He has conducted the affairs of state with the kind of tyranny, despotism and authoritarianism that frightens many objective observers,” he said at a media briefing moments after the presentation by the President.
Among some of the reasons given by the Minority for walking out is the issue of the voters’ register, to which they have repeatedly shown a clear resistance through numerous demonstrations across the country.
But speaking to ABC News, Mr Kpemka questioned the basis for the walkout when the compilation of a Voter’s register is the responsibility of the Electoral Commission and not the President.
“It’s shameful. It’s a black Thursday and the Minority ought to go and reflect and go on their knees and pray for forgiveness. Because what they are talking about it’s about the new voters’ register. Who compiles a new register? it’s the electoral commission so if it is the EC that compiles a new register, on what basis do you say the President is suppressing you,” he said.
Meanwhile, Minister for Works and Housing, Samuel Atta-Akyea says: “I think with the greatest of respect, they should have given him the opportunity to speak first and then if the content is revolting they could say that this is one of the cheapest State of the Nations Address we have heard. But to prejudge what he is about to say and not have the political patience to listen to it first before this horrible act, I believe is unprecedented and is very disgraceful.
View the reactions of some majority MPs below: