General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia, says Minority MPs will continue to push for what is right in Parliament and not be bullied into accepting what is unconstitutional.
He said the party is committed to defending the integrity of the 1992 Constitution; hence will fiercely resist any move to subvert the authority of same.
Mr Asiedu Nketia was speaking at the 40th anniversary commemoration of the 31st December Revolution in Accra, Friday.
He revealed that the NDC and the Minority have resolved to put Ghana first and oppose any policy which will affect the ordinary Ghanaian.
According to him, the spirited fight by the Minority members in Parliament is in the interest of Ghanaians and not in an attempt to frustrate the government or populists.
“Whenever impunity becomes law, resistance becomes a duty, and so anybody interested in the sustenance of this Constitution, you are bound by our national anthem to resist when the Constitution is being subverted, and that is why our MPs are resisting.”
He stressed that “if they persist that they are not listening to anybody, but they want to subvert the Constitution to get what they want, what is happening in Parliament today will be chicken feed, bigger things will happen and it will continue to happen until everybody learns sense that we are all committed to defending the Constitution of Ghana.”
At the same event, former President John Mahama chastised President Akufo-Addo for failing to take responsibility for the country’s ailing economy.
He noted that whenever initiatives backfire, the President’s blame game portrays poor leadership skills.
“Leadership is about responsibility. It is only a poor leader who shirks responsibilities, and shifts blame. For example, we had a power crisis – dumsor in this country – because of a lack of investment in generation for many years, and so we were consuming more power than we generated.
“That was the situation I met, and yet I did not say it is not my fault. I went to Parliament, took responsibility for it and promised to fix it, which we did,” he said on Friday.
Mr Mahama took a jibe at the Akufo-Addo government, saying if President Akufo-Addo “cannot do the job, he should give way for the NDC to do it for you.”
“Today somebody [President Akufo-Addo] claims he inherited a weak economy, which he hasn’t been able to be responsible for, five years on. It’s always about Mahama and NDC,” he intimated.
However, President Akufo-Addo has maintained that his administration has outperformed his predecessors.