Politics of Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Source: Joy Online
"If asking for principle, consistency and logic to prevail in Parliament is propaganda, then I am very happy to be a propagandist," Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said.
According to him, the continuous boycott of government business by the minority “lacks common sense”.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa’s comment is in response to the deputy Minority leader, Dominic Nitiwul, who is quoted to have reminded him [Ablakwa] that “propaganda does not work in Parliament but rather law”.
Dominic Nitiwul outraged by the North Tongu MP’s comment about the minority’s walkout on Multi TV said, they will ignore Okudzeto Ablakwa because he is a "propagandist".
The deputy Minority leader also stated unequivocally that not even the Speaker can prevent the minority from asking ministers questions on the floor of the House because he says Parliament work with laws.
However in a rebuttal on Asempa FM on Monday, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said the conduct of the non-propagandists [New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs ] in Parliament smacks of hypocrisy and double standards.
"I don’t want to be in Dominic Nitiwul’s camp, a non-propagandist where there is no logic, no consistency, no principle and no common sense; that is not attractive to me" he said.
The North Tongu MP indicated that the same minority claim not to recognize the President and yet they want to be the first people to question Ministers they refused to vet.
"If they [minority] are allowed to question the Ministers they refused to vet, will it project a good image of the House?" Ablakwa quizzed.
The former deputy Information Minister was of the conviction that the minority should as a matter of principle and consistency, abstain from posing questions to Ministers appointed by President Mahama.
"You say [minority] you won’t legitimize the Ministers and yet you want them to carry out projects in your constituencies" he added.
Okudzeto Ablakwa said even though every MP is entitled to ask questions in Parliament, the minority in this instance have no moral authority.