The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed its support for the measures taken by the Minority Caucus to protest against the ongoing prosecution of its legislators.
In a show of solidarity with their colleague, MP for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson, who is facing charges of perjury, members of the Minority have chosen to boycott Parliament on four occasions.
Presently, three NDC MPs, including Minority Leader Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, Asutifi South MP Collins Dauda, and Gyakye Quayson, are all undergoing separate trials. The NDC firmly believes that these legal proceedings are merely tactics employed by the government to persecute its legislators.
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin ruled that the Minority’s boycott of business activities without an official notification and approval from him amounts to a breach of the standing orders of the house which could lead to members of the group losing their seats.
But the NDC MPs say they are not bothered about losing their seats.
Speaking to journalists, the National Communications Officer of the party, Sammy Gyamfi noted that the Minority is mindful of the consequences of its actions.
“These threats of MPs losing their seats, if they continue with the boycott, do not move us at all because what we are doing is in the interest of our constitution and democracy. We are mindful of all these legal issues, and you can be rest assured that we will not get to that stage. But it is not for us to disclose our strategy relative to some of these issues,” he added.