Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Ghana: Prosecution of NDC MPs – Minority Boycotts Parliament to Support Members in Court

The National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Minority caucus in Parliament yesterday boycotted parliamentary proceedings to lend support to their colleagues for Ajumako/Enyan/Essiam and Assin North, Dr Cassiel Ato Baah Forson and James Gyakye Quayson, respectively, in court.

The caucus on Tuesday at the swearing-in of Mr Quayson served notice it would boycott parliament for the court to support the embattled members anytime they are scheduled to attend upon the court.

Same gesture, the caucus indicated, would be extended to the member for Asutifi South, Alhaji Collins Dauda, who is also standing criminal trial.

In a statement to announce their withdrawal from parliamentary sitting yesterday, Minority Chief Whip and MP for Adaklu, Governs Kwame Agbodza, said the action marked the beginning of series of measures to stop the “persecution” of their members.

“The Minority stands united with our colleagues, and as such will not be able to honour the business of the House (yesterday).

“This is the beginning of a series of actions that the caucus will be embarking on to end the ongoing “persecution” of the Minority leader himself, James Gyakye Quayson and Collins Dauda.”

According to Mr Agbodza, they remain unwavering and that collaboration for the effective delivery of parliamentary duty would be hampered if the “persecution” continued.

“We wish to reiterate the point that amidst “persecution”, cooperation will suffer,” the statement said.

The House sat with a near-empty Majority caucus but the sitting lasted for only 56 minutes with laying of some papers by the Minister of Interior.