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15.02.2007 General News

It's Frustrating Working With NPP

By statesman

Alban Sumani Bagbin, the Minority Leader in Parliament says the opposition Members of Parliament find it difficult and frustrating to work with the ruling New Patriotic Party. He claims the hardline attitude of the current NPP is rooted in the Danquah-Busia tradition.

“In fact, we now understand why the founding father of the nation, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana, had serious problem with them,” he stated.

The Minority Leader made the pronouncement yesterday at a press conference by theNDC when he read out the NDC's version of the state of the nation. He claims it takes a lot of patience, tolerance and maturity to be able to work with the NPP.

On when the NDC MPs will return to Parliament, Alban Bagbin, who is also Nadowli MP, said the situation was under review.

He said the functions and role of an MP goes beyond sitting in the House and contributing to the debate on the floor, insisting that the Minority boycott of Parliament was lawful and democratic.

Earlier in the NDC's state of the nation address, Mr. Bagbin stated that the President's State of the Nation address which painted the picture of hope, progress, achievement and challenges were not real but rather the true state of affairs was that of “desperation, doom, gloom, fear and insecurity of the majority of the people.”

He saw it sad that under the NPP administration the nation was “deeply divided and bitterly polarized on political and ethnic lines more than ever before as we celebrate the Golden Jubilee anniversary this March.”