December 3, 2019

Member of Parliament for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu said the withdrawal of the referendum bill would not have happened if the current ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government had a huge Majority in the seventh Parliament.

According to the Minority Leader, he did not know the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) was that powerful to cause the withdrawal of the referendum bill.

“They need us to move on, Ghanaians and the media should be grateful they did not give the current government supper Majority in Parliament, we have become relevant because of Article 290 of the 1992 Constitution, if they could walk alone they would have done it, they do not have the numbers”.

And amendment of the constitution is not an ordinary bill that is why it has to go through the Council of State.

“Give Ghanaian citizens the opportunity to decide after all sovereign reside in them, short cutting the process is not a decentralization system of Ghana neither has the President done good to participatory democracy in Ghana”.

Mr. Iddrisu questioned how the President hopes to build consensus when he describes us as hypocrites. “How do you invite us to a table? I think his words not good enough to build the needed consensus, the President was misled, you do not use a television broadcast to annul a constitutional process”

We are a country governed by rule of law, he must walk the legitimate legal process for it to be annulled otherwise one day, we would get a President in a process of a referendum when it is not going well and he feels he is losing would announce that the process should be stopped, he said.

“We should not start setting a bad precedent for this beloved country of ours, let us do the right thing”, he lamented.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/