Prof. Akosa On Minority MPs

Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, a leading member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), on Tuesday described the conduct of the Minority in Parliament during the presentation of State of the Nation address as an act of denigrating Parliament”. He said the NPP’s act in Parliament while President John Evans Atta Mills delivered the State of the Nation address was not in conformity with the rule of law, and Parliamentary conduct describing their actions as “unnecessary”. Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview, Prof. Akosa noted that although the Minority had the right to heckle the President, “They shouldn’t have gone the extra mile to wear mourning cloths”. “The Minority in Parliament would not be happy if that was done to a President from their side, President Mills is the first gentleman of the land therefore everybody, no matter your political affiliation must give that respect,” he added. He maintained that President Mills should give the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), the mandate to investigate all judgement debts paid, stressing that the Woyome issue was not the only judgement debt paid, and therefore should not be at the centre of judgement debt discussions. Prof. Akosa congratulated the leadership of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and the CPP, for the steps taken to reach a consensus on how best the two parties could merge, adding that collaboration between the two would create a strong force against other political parties ahead of Election 2012. “We believe that the CPP and PNC were formed on ideologies of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah therefore the merger would only be a reinforcement of the founder’s vision.” He noted that Dr Papa Kwesi Ndoum’s exit from the CPP was “Something phenomenal” that happened, stressing that although Dr Nduom had left with some people, the party was free from internal “detractors”. Prof. Akosa urged eligible voters to participate in the biometric voter registration scheduled for March, adding that the CPP was committed to the violence free election promised by President Mills. He was among large CPP leading members who graced a filling nomination papers by Lawyer Bright Akwetey, CPP flagbearer aspirant for Election 2012. Others are Mr Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, CPP General Secretary, Mr Prince Ahiadzro, Volta Regional Chairman, and Nii Armah Akomfra, Director of Communications, CPP