Ghanaians asked to ignore Minority’s ‘True State of the Nation’

Former Minority Leader of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Nadowli Kaleo Alban Sumaina Kingsford Bagbin has called on Ghanaians to treat the Minority’s ‘True state-of-the-nation address’ delivered on Wednesday with the contempt it deserves.

He said the Minority’s allusion to the National Democratic Congress’ alternative state of the nation’s address in 2007 is incorrect as “we were doing an analysis of their performance for the two years,” he told TV3’s Edward Kwabi in an interview in Parliament.

He mentioned that there cannot be any alternative state-of-the-nation address where there is an elected president, who is enjoined by the constitution to deliver one.

“You cannot have an alternative to the state of the nation. The message of the state of the nation comes from the President. That is constitutional,” the former Minister of Health said.

He pointed out that what the Minority did on Wednesday is only contentious.

“What they have done is contentious and people should disregard it,” he stated.

Member of Parliament for Madina Alhaji Amadu Sorogho expressed his surprise at the Minority members’ disregard for business in the House to organize their state-of-the-nation address ceremony.

“We had business to do in the House,” he said.

“Seriously, I don’t know what they spoke about because the Constitution recognizes the president under Article 67 coming to deliver the state of the nation address.

“But there is only one president elected by the people of Ghana and sworn in by the Chief Justice representing Ghana as a country.”