NPP’s boycott decision was to establish just peace in Ghana – Jake tells GBA

Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey has stated that the decision of the party’s Members of Parliament (MPs) to boycott the vetting of ministerial nominees of President John Dramani Mahama was “based on firm principles and is fully consistent with our commitment to work to deepen and improve our evolving democracy and establish a just peace in our country.”

According to him, though the MPs will participate “vigorously” in everyday business of Parliament, they will not engage in any activity or deliberate in matters that involve the constitution of President Mahama’s government as a result of the legal challenge filed by the party’s presidential candidate, his running mate and the party’s chairman regarding the 2012 Election results.

In a missive signed by Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey to the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) in response to the Association’s public call on NPP MPs to reconsider their decision to take part in the vetting of nominees, the NPP Chairman explained that the party’s parliamentary group was consulted on the legal challenge and since vetting nominee ministers, whose role will be to assist the president, will be contradictory to the challenge, the members of the party’s parliamentary group, who, according to the chairman, form an integral part of the NPP, decided not to show up on the Appointments Committee’s public sittings.

“Reconciling our position to our local culture would be that if one is challenging the elevation of a Paramount Chief one does not, at the same time, recognise such sub chiefs as he may enstool,” Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey analogized.

“I hope this explains our position,” he concluded.



GBA calls NPP MPs to reconsider their stand

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has called on the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Parliament to reconsider its decision to boycott the vetting of nominees of the president.

This was contained in a statement signed by Nene Amegatcher, President and Justin Agbeli Amenuvor, Secretary, and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Wednesday.

It said the GBA would like to draw the attention of the NPP leadership in Parliament to the 1992 Constitution, which has made provision for the challenge of the election of a President in Article 64.

The statement said some individuals in the NPP have already taken advantage of that constitutional provision.

It said the Constitution further states in Article 64(2) that a declaration by the Supreme Court that the election of a President is not valid shall be without prejudice to anything done by the person elected as President before that declaration by the Supreme Court.

“Therefore, since the Constitution recognizes the legitimacy of Mr John Dramani Mahama as President pending any decision of the Supreme Court to the Contrary and also recognizes the right of challenge the election of the President, the GBA in consideration of our collective commitment to constitutional rule hereby calls on the NPP leadership in Parliament to review its decision and to participate in the vetting of the President’s ministerial nominees,” the statement added.

Source: GNA