According to the group, Hon Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu addressing members of the NPP in the Ashanti region on Wednesday 12th March 13, 2014 made very untenable comments that ?government is using various strategies to sabotage businesses in Ghana perceived to be sympathizers of the NPP?.
“The PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS find these comments very unfortunate and highly despicable especially coming from no mean other person than the Minority leader of the second highest ?arm of government of the Republic of Ghana who among other things has a fiduciary obligation to protect the interest of all Ghanaians and not any political cleavage.”
“We also monitored closely his interview with Radio Gold an Accra based Radio station a day after he made those comments vehemently defending his unguarded effusions instead of honourably rendering apologies and probably conceding of having made those comments inadvertently. In that very interview he made even worse comments and allusions to the effect that President John Mahama mentioned specifically Mr Tonyi Senaya and ?Agbeve? in Parliament during his last State of the Nation Address because the people were NDC sympathizers and he is also influencing the Food and Drugs Authority to collapse Tobinco because they are perceived to be NPP, forgetting that the FDA was only executing its legal mandate and also the fact that Tobinco themselves conceded to have imported fake drugs which were detrimental to the interest of all Ghanaians. According to him, his observation stems from public perception which he only carried across.”
These comments, the Progressive Democrats noted, are politically explosive and borne-out of the minority leader?s unrepentant tribal bigotry, “a man who is on records to have said that ?there is no competent Ga in the NPP to partner Nana Addo? in the round up to the 2012 General elections.”
“In the first place,we find these comments very disturbing considering the current nature of political polarization and delicate tribal rancour which persists in some parts of the country. This is because the minority leader in tagging the names mentioned as NDC failed to provide further evidence about the political affiliation but hinged barely only on the fact that their names sounded Volta-like.”
“…Secondly, we are highly at a loss, since the MP failed to state the scientific perception index,the indicators, sample and population used for his survey for critical examination but just sought to throw out a whimsical opinion which had no basis whatsoever.”
They also indicated that they find it highly scandalizing that a member of Parliament of his stature who took part in enacting Act of Parliament that established and empowered the Food and Drugs Authority to carry out their duties without fear nor favor in order to protect lives including his will tend to stampede this same institution from carrying out its constitutional mandate in his quest to champion his parochial partisan interest at the expense of the state.
“We PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS are hereby calling on Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu the minority leader of Parliament to render an unqualified apology to the President and all the parties he mentioned in his spurious allegations, failure which will engender subsequent ?action from us.”
They also make a clarion call to all civil society organizations,Private Business Associations to join us condemn unreservedly these unwarranted utterances.