The recent action of the Minority in Parliament has been described as comical.
“It’s comical. They would have served their constituents well if they sat to listen to the president’s address last Thursday,” said Dr Clement Abass Apaak while discussing the Minority’s non-engagement in deliberations on President John Dramani Mahama’s state-of-the-nation address.
He was speaking on TV3’s late news analysis programme News @10.
Dr Apaak, who is the Convener for the Forum of Governance and Justice, said President Mahama “truly” laid out what the state of the nation is.
He condemned attempts by the Minority to deliver what it describes as THE TRUE state-of-the-nation address.
“It’s a very confused stance that is not sustainable,” he said.
“This tendency of selective participation is undermining their divided attention,” he stated.
Dr Apaak also condemned a new phenomenon which subjects members who express dissenting views in a group to a barrage of criticisms.
Recently, economist Kwame Mpianim and energy expert Dr Wereko Brobbey were verbally attacked by some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for expressing dissenting opinions.
“I think it is not unusual that members of a party express dissenting views,” he told host Bright Nana Amfoh on Tuesday.
He said attacks on such persons smack of intolerance.
“That is a clear display of intolerance. People have the right to express their opinion,” he added.
Dr Apaak, however, cautioned that “people raise concerns with all sort of reasons” and that must be taken cognizance of.