National Vice Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Fred Oware has debunked claims that the party is contending with the legitimacy of President John Dramani Mahama.
According to him, the NPP does “not question the legitimacy of the President” but rather what it has sought to do in the Supreme Court is to raise red flags over the declaration by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, who legitimized the victory of President John Mahama and the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“We do not question the legitimacy of the President. We question the pronouncement or the declaration made by Afari Gyan on the 9th of December and that we’ve gone to court to disprove it that what he said was wrong; that it should have been the other way round,” he stressed.
Mr. Fred Oware disclosed this in an interview with Peacefmonline.com
Speaking in relation to the minority’s walkout of Parliament during the President’s sessional address last Thursday, February 21, he explained that the action by the minority caucus in Parliament was a legitimate one on the basis of the party’s decision to boycott any event that he (President Mahama) takes part in.
He strongly stated that the NPP MPs have never boycotted any Parliamentary activity as some critics believe the minority is in contravention with the constitution of the land to have boycotted proceedings in Parliament.
He therefore gave credence to the minority’s walkout during the President’s State of the Nation address, saying; “We have never boycotted Parliament. We’re still there. We have just boycotted an event, a single event.”
What that means is that all subsequent actions which were taken following that declaration become void…It should have even happened in the first place, so any progress will be inversed. In terms of that the party’s position is that we will not engage the President in anything that is of some tranzient nature temporarily, in the sense that once he loses the Presidency or our petition is upheld and he has to quit office, all those decisions will go away with him,” he further added.
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