The minority in parliament has stayed away from debating the content of President Akufo-Addo’s state of the nation address delivered last week.
The NDC MPs walked out on the president just before his presentation citing abuse of power, attack on democracy, a compilation of a new voters’ register, targeting of businesses perceived to be affiliated to the party among other reasons.
Prior to the debate Tuesday, Majority leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu had said the minority could join in the debating the President’s address in spite of their walkout.
The Majority leader’s invitation came on the back of an oral application by deputy majority whip and Dambai MP Matthew Nyimdam for the NDC MPs to be barred from joining the debate.
Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah Kick-started the debate after moving the motion.
A call from the Speaker for a seconder from the minority was met with silence prompting Prof. Oquaye to demand a word from the minority leadership.
Minority chief whip Muntaka Mubarak disclosed his side will not be part of the debate.