Don’t feed into NPP hypocrisy - Boateng-Gyan

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The decision by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament (MPs) to selectively participate in the work of Parliament continues to attract condemnation.

Latest to join the fray is the National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Yaw Boateng-Gyan who believes that if the NPP MPs have decided to boycott  the vetting of ministers nominated by President John Mahama, they have no right to question such ministers in the House.

Consequently, he has asked ministers of state not to answer questions posed by NPP members of Parliament, describing the latest development by the NPP to ask NDC ministers as “hypocritical”.

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Speaking to the Daily Graphic, Mr Boateng-Gyan stated that it was within the right of the NPP to boycott the swearing in of President Mahama, in fact their action offended no rule, after all, not all NDC members had the opportunity to be at the Black Star Square.

Three leading members of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumiah and the NPP National Chairman, Mr Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey have filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the declaration of President Mahama as winner of the 2012 presidential election.

Following from that, NPP MPs boycotted the swearing in of the President and the vetting of the ministers.

The First Vice Chairman of the NPP, Mr Fred Oware, had earlier explained that the party would participate on deliberations on issues they believed would outlive President Mahama’s administration such as contracts and other international agreements.

According to Mr Oware, the party would not participate in deliberations regarding issues it considered “transient” such as the vetting of ministers of state, inauguration of the President among others.

Explaining his issues further, the NDC national organiser said although in 2006, the NDC as the minority in Parliament shunned Parliament when President Kufuor addressed the House, it was because they felt that a sitting MP, Mr Dan Abodakpi was unjustifiably arrested and imprisoned.

He said the NDC then did not boycott President Kufuor’s inauguration although they had a problem with the election results and urged the NPP to stop their double standard and stick to their principles and never question ministers of state whose nomination they did not participate in.

Mr Charles Wereko-Brobbey, a leading member of the NPP and a pro-NPP pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) have urged the NPP to refrain from boycotting work of parliament in protest of the 2012 Presidential elections.

The two argued that once they had gone to court, they should allow the courts to take the final decision and not to engage in such boycotts.

Story by Donald Ato Dapatem