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Minority walks out of SONA 2020 address

The Minority in Parliament walked out of the chamber before President Nana Akufo-Addo delivered his State of the Nation Address on Thursday 20th February 2020.

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu in the company of the Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu welcomed the President into the chamber for this year’s SONA and participated in the correction of votes and proceedings.

But before the Speaker Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye could welcome the president to deliver his speech, the Minority walked out, leaving behind their inscriptions on cards they were going to use for the occasion.

It did not take long before some members of the Majority quickly occupied their seats with the Second Deputy Majority Whip, Mr. Mathew Nyindam leading the crusade to take off papers on the seats of the Minority. The development obviously was aimed at avoiding empty seats and prevent the boycott from having a strong impact on the occasion.

When after thirty minutes caught up with Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Samuel George Nartey as to why they walked out he pointed out that, “If the President will not listen to Ghanaians why should we listen to him. He is still going ahead with the compilation of a new voters register, closing down of radio stations and victimizing businesses that are perceived to belong to the opposition National Democratic Congress members”.

Meanwhile, the Minority had served notice to hold a press conference immediately the President Nana Akufo-Addo is through with his SONA address.

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