Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Minority side on Thursday boycotted the 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Clad in black, the Minority MPs chanted the National Anthem as they walked out of the chamber shortly after President Akufo-Addo took his seat Thursday morning in the chamber.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs which earlier last week announced they will be boycotting the SONA sitting by the MP for Kumbugu Hon. Ras Mubarak Amid, – government failure to pay MP’s common fund, five percent of the District Assemblies’ Common Fund (DACF) – made their way out just as the National Anthem ended.
“And help us to resist oppressors’ rule with all our will, and might forevermore,” they chanted as they chanted as they walked out of the chamber.
Members of the Majority in parliament sent off their colleagues with chants of ‘away’ as well as ‘bye bye ooo! ‘bye bye oo k)k) and occupied the space left by the minority in parliament.
In 2013, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members is Parliament who were then the Minority, in a similar move boycotted the State of the Nation Address delivered by the then President John Dramani Mahama.
Their action was in line with their position not to engage in any act that would appear to give legitimacy to Mr Mahama’s presidency until the Supreme Court ruled on the petition brought before it which was then challenging the results of the 2012 presidential election.
Source: Yaw Anokye