General News of Friday, 25 January 2013

Source: Abdul Karim Naatogmah

PC Appiah Ofori cautions Minority MP’s

Outspoken NPP former Member of Parliament for Asikuma-Odobeng-Brakwa, P.C Appiah Ofori has cautioned the Minority against any attempt to rescind their decision of boycotting the ongoing vetting exercise.

The Appointments Committee of Parliament led by first Deputy Speaker, Hon. Barton Oduro on Thursday began vetting of President John Mahama’s Ministerial nominees.

Conspicuously missing was the Minority members on the Appointments Committee who various interest groups including the Ghana Bar Association have admonished them to rescind their decision.

But Hon. PC Appiah Ofori is convinced that majority of NPP supporters will be disappointed if the Minority reconsiders their stance.

“I will say it over and over again that I will be disappointed if they decide to reconsider their decision; if they do then they should not be confined to the vetting but they should go further to urge the party to redraw the case in court and also render an apology to President Mahama for boycotting his inauguration.”

He urged the minority to remain committed to the Nana Addo and Co’s legal suit in court until the Supreme Court decides Ghana’s legitimate President.

The Anti Corruption Crusader also chided Dr. Wereko Brobbey on his recent attacks on the NPP. “Dr. Wereko Brobbey was a man I had a lot of regard for but his utterances these days give me headache.”

He expressed his disappointment on the former Volta River Authority Chief Executive Officer’s conduct and asked NPP supporters to ignore him and move on with the Nana Addo and Co in court.

In a related development, contrary to media reports that the NPP minority MPs have hinted of rescinding their decision of boycotting the vetting of ministerial nominees, Minority Leader, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu has said no turning back.

According to him, no agreement has been reached in that regard and their decision remained uninterrupted.

Some notable organizations including the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) have pleaded with the minority to reconsider their stance.

However, the Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah- Bonsu has emphasized that nothing has changed.

“No, we haven’t reconsidered our decision; as a matter of fact we came to that determination after six meetings at which we had very extensive and intensive deliberations and consultations and so when we came to that final conclusion we were clear in our minds about the propriety of the decision that was arrived at.”

He commended the interested bodies for their concern but emphasized that they haven’t changed position.