Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

MAJORITY of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) members of parliament (MPs) yesterday were absent when proceedings of the august house began.

It was reported that their absence was ?because they had stormed Nana Akufo-Addo?s residence to hear him declare his political future, in particular, his stand relative to the primaries of the party?s 2016 presidential elections.

Checks conducted by The General Telegraph as of 11 a.m. revealed that only 25 out of the 123 NPP minority MPs were present on the floor of the chamber after proceedings had begun.

Conspicuously missing were Minority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, who represents the Suame Constituency in the Ashanti Region; ?Mr Dominic Ntiwul, Deputy Minority Leader, who is also the MP for Bimbilla in the Northern Region; Alex Afenyo-Markins, legislator for Effutu Constituency, ?as well as many big shots in the minority.

The minority was represented by the able MP for Okere Constituency in the Eastern Region, Mr ?Dan Kweku Botwe. Other known MPs present were Dr Richard Anane, MP for Nhyiaeso in the Ashanti Region; ?Mr ?Kofi Osei Ameyaw, MP for Asuogyaman in the Eastern Region; ?Mr Frederick ?Opare Ansah, MP for Suhum in the Eastern Region; ?Madam Patricia Appiagyei, MP for Asokwa in the Ashanti Region; ?Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, MP for Old Tafo in the Ashanti Region, as well as new MPs.

Speculations were rife that many of those minority MPs ?present in the august house were in the camp of Mr Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, who is highly tipped to contest the primaries for the 2016 presidential bid.

The National Democratic (NDC) MP for Bortianor-Ngleshie Amanfro, Mr Bright Edward Kodzo Demordzi, sarcastically remarked that ?the NPP MPs were absent because of Nana Akufo-Addo. ?Those present are those who are against Nana Akufo-Addo. Those who are not here and have gone to Nana?s house are his supporters,? he opined.

However, ?in ?quick response to that, NPP MP for Akyem Swedru in the Eastern Region, Mr Kennedy Nyarko Osei, rejected the claims that NPP MPs went to Nana Akufo-Addo?s residence, ?saying: ?It is a fallacy for anyone to suggest that. ?This is because the NPP MPs have always been punctual raising issues about quorum.

Those who are not present are ?either attending a committee ?meeting or attending to other equally important assignments of the house.?

Meanwhile, ?the ?missing MPs? were seen in the house immediately Akufo-Addo had finished with his declaration of intent.

Alexander Afenyo-Markins on radio stated that he was in Nana Akufo-Addo?s house ?to witness the event and that he was not prepared to hear ?his speech ?from anyone.

Source: Justice Appiah/thegeneraltelegraph


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