MP for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak has stated that the Minority in Parliament will resist attempts by any arm of government to ” meddle with the work of Parliament.”
Hi comment follows the affirmation of the voting rights of the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, when presiding over proceedings in the law-making chamber.
In a statement, Dr Apaak, who is worried about the ruling, reiterated that the NDC MPs will resist any voting from any deputy speaker when presiding over proceedings as they did last year.
Below is his statement;
Folks we wait to see who will enter the Chamber of Parliament to restrain us from preventing an attempt by a presiding Deputy Speaker to vote. The Supreme Court doesn’t decide what happens in Parliament, the constitution and our standing orders do.
We resisted attempts to use all kinds of schemes and plots, including a military invasion of the Chamber of Parliament, to get Rt. Hon. Mike Oquaye, thier preferred, elected in the early hours of January 7th 2020.
We stood our grounds, resisted the oppression and oppressors, and voted for Rt. Hon. Speaker Alban Sumana Bagbin as Speaker of this 8th Parliament. He was elected, he didn’t become speaker by conferment and consensus as claimed by some dishonest and insincere elements.
We will continue to resist any attempt by other arms of government to meddle with the work of Parliament. Parliament is a master of its rules, we make our rules and they are not at variance with the constituency.
As our leader Hon. Haruna Iddrissu has noted, this disappointing ruling of the Supreme Court of Ghana amounts to a judicial interference in time tested Parliamentary practice and establishment convention.
And yes, the Supreme Court’s ruling is a judicial support for the KILLERE-Levy Levy. However, this will not change our resolve to vote 137 no against the much hated, rejected and obnoxious extortion scheme called E-levy.
We will resist any attempt to use illegitimate means to push the killer E-Levy down the throat of Ghanaians.
Dr. Clement Apaak
MP, Builsa South