The immediate past Member of Parliament for the Adentan Constituency in Accra, Mr Kojo Adu Asare, has charged the New Patriotic Party and its Members of Parliament of short-changing the electorate with regard to the party’s refusal to participate in the vetting of ministerial nominees.
The NPP in a letter signed Friday, January 25, 2013 by its National Chairman, Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, in response to a call by the Ghana Bar Association on the party to rescind the decision, stated that even though their MPs would not be available to vet the nominees, they would, however, take part in debates on the floor of Parliament.
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But Mr Adu Asare insisted that the position taken by the opposition party and its MPs amounted to unfair treatment, particularly to the electorate who stood in long-winding queues for hours to get the opportunity to vote them as their representatives in Parliament.
“If you boycott the vetting of the nominees, how can you debate bills that will be introduced to the House by the Leader of Government Business for instance, who will also be vetted by the committee?” Mr Adu Asare wondered.
The former NDC MP made these comments when he spoke on a weekly news analysis programme, News File, on Joy FM and the Joy News channel on Multi TV.
He described the action by the NPP and its MPs as “unnecessary and totally irresponsible,” explaining that ministers were to assist the President in the performance of his duties.
According to him, every policy that would be discussed on the floor of Parliament would come from the President.
The Communications Director for the NPP, Nana Akomea, however, insisted on the programme that “our Interest is that it is legitimate and is in consonance with our interest.”
“Our protest is that we don’t want to be directly involved in factors that support his [John Mahama] government, which we are opposing,” Nana Akomea stated.