The Minority caucus in parliament has stated that as long as Assin North MP, Gyakye Quayson’s prosecution continues, the Minority will never cooperate with the Majority on anything in the House.
According to them, the Majority has the numbers to proceed with government business in the House even if the Minority members are absent.The Minority Leader, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson said Majority MPs do not require the presence of the NDC MPs before they commence sitting in Parliament.
Addressing the media after a parliamentary sitting on Wednesday, July 19, Dr Forson asserted that the Majority MPs should not expect the Minority caucus to begin with government business whiles they are away.
“First, let’s state for the record that the NPP has 137 elected Members of Parliament plus one independent candidate. This means that they don’t actually need the NDC to form quorum and to start business.
“So, clearly our position is simple. The NPP should not expect the NDC to do government business for them whilst they sit in the comfort of their homes, draw on salaries and then go to constituencies, use government vehicles and government fuel and campaign. We wouldn’t do that,” the Minority leader stated.
The Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam Constituency MP further added that the NPP MPs should not expect cooperation from them since they [NPP] have intensified the persecution of Mr Quayson.
“All what we can assure you is that all options are on the table on a daily basis, and they should not expect cooperation from us. I won’t go into the details, but let them be assured that amid persecution, cooperation would suffer, nothing more, nothing less. And that is the position of the NDC minority.”
“We are not going to compromise on that. They should come to the floor and do their business,” Dr Forson said.
The Minority Leader noted that the NDC MPs will not announce their approach going forward with Mr Quayson’s trials.
He, however, said that since NPP MPs are persecuting its members, they should rescind their personal business and attend to government business in Parliament.
“So, we urge them that in as much as they are persecuting our members, they should withdraw from the field and come and do business here. Since they have escalated the persecution of our colleague honorable Quayson, they should not expect cooperation from us. That is simple. We will not announce the strategy going forward,” the Minority leader stressed.
“Let Ghanaians be aware that NPP do not have the moral right to talk about patriotism. If you are patriotic, in the middle of an economic crisis, you won’t behave the way you are behaving. In the middle of an economic crisis, you wouldn’t abandon parliament and use state resources to campaign”he said