Politics of Monday, 25 February 2013
The General Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, has reprimanded Hon. Collins Dauda to shut up if he has nothing sensible to tell Ghanaians instead of exposing his ignorance about the walk out staged by the minority caucus last Thursday.
Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie a.k.a. Sir John, explained that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) when in opposition boycotted Parliament including President John Mahama when the National Health Insurance bill was presented to parliament for passing.
Hon. Collins Dauda over the weekend said on Okay FM that the minority caucus walk out on President Mahama when he visited Parliament was “unGhanaian”; adding that the NPP should understand that God has chosen President Mahama over Nana Akufo-Addo.
The minister reiterated that, for John Mahama to win the 2012 elections after only three months of campaign over Akufo-Addo who used two years, should tell the New Patriotic Party and their Presidential candidate that he is not going to be the President of Ghana; emphasizing that NPP will not win their case in the Supreme Court.
The General Secretary of NPP, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie in response, said it is presumptuous for the minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing to speak like that; urging the NDC to wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict, if they (NDC) believe that God gave the mandate to President Mahama.
He added that Hon. Collins Dauda’s argument that the boycott of the minority caucus was “unGhanaian” was “purely infantile”; stressing that the NDC boycotted several Parliamentary proceedings when they were in opposition including the National Health Insurance Scheme of which President Mahama was part.
According to Sir John, the NDC should interrogate whatever they say in public; and therefore advised Hon. Collins Dauda that: “if he has nothing sensible to tell Ghanaians, he should shut up instead of exposing his ignorance.”
He however expressed great confidence in the application of justice in this country; and that the NPP believe that justice shall prevail and that the true verdict of the people’s votes shall be restored.
“..And so if they say that it is God who asked them to steal, let them stay there but we believe that God will minister Himself by ensuring that the true justice of the people’s votes are counted to whoever they wanted it to be and that is Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and so we wait patiently,” Lawyer Owusu Afriyie reiterated.