– Minority Leader
The Minority Caucus will not be available for parliamentary business on days that the newly sworn-in Member of Parliament for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson, has to appear in court.
The Minority Leader, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, served notice of the Minority Caucus’ decision when he congratulated Mr Quayson on his re-election in last Tuesday’s by-election.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament, Dr Ato Forson, said “amidst persecution, cooperation will certainly suffer”.
He said President Nana Akufo-Addo’s campaign message during the run up to the by-election that Mr Quayson was jail-bound, is not only pre-judicial, but also constitutes a threat to fair trial and undermines the administration of justice.
Commenting on the sudden outburst of new, unplanned and unbudgeted projects in the Assin North constituency during the campaign, Dr Ato Forson, thanked the people for not falling for the tricks and cash inducements of the government.
He said the people of Assin North, have sent a clear message that they cannot be hoodwinked by the sharing of money or intimidation by the government.
The minority leader, pointed out that it was only until the Speaker swore in Mr Quayson that he also swore the oath of allegiance and not when he filed his nomination at the Electoral Commission to contest as an MP.
Earlier the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, administered the oath of allegiance and that of a Member of Parliament.
Present at the swearing in ceremony in parliament was former president John Mahama and a high-powered delegation of the National Democratic Congress, including the National Chairman, Johson Asiedu Nketiah, and a retinue of chiefs, queen mothers, people and clergy from Assin North.