In spite of numerous calls from civil society organizations, pressure groups and leading members of the largest opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to rescind its decision of boycotting the vetting of President John Dramani Mahama’s ministerial nominees, the leaders of the party went ahead with their threat.
When the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ebo Barton Odro called the names of the members of NPP legislators among the vetting committee on Thursday, they were nowhere to be found.
This forced the majority members to go ahead with the vetting process with the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning nominate, Mr Seth Terkper, Ms Hannah Tetteh, Foreign Affairs Minister nominee and Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister designate for Water Resources, Works and Housing confirmed in their position.
According to Terkper, he would spearhead new tax laws that would strengthen the revenue mobilization of the oil-rich country while Hannah Tetteh pledged to further improve the image of the country in the eyes of the international community.
Some political observers including the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), the Alliance For Accountable Governance (AFAG) which are tilted towards the NPP have condemned NPP boycott while a leading member of the party Dr Wereko Brobbey has criticized the leaders of the party for embarking on what it called a dangerous venture.
The Minority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu said they decided to boycott the event because the NPP does not recognize President Mahama as the winner of the December 7, 2012 elections and that they would not participate in any event that is linked with President Mahama in parliament until a final determination of the case by the Supreme Court.
Source African Press Agency
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