Ninety-eight New patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament have resolved to boycott the budget presentation and all Finance Ministry business should the President refuse to boycott Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta immediately.
This new number is an increase from the previous 80 NPP MPs who had earlier demanded the immediate removal of the Finance Minister and the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu-Boahen.
According to the Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, Andy Appiah-Kubi, who doubles as spokesperson for the group, Ofori-Atta’s position in government has become untenable thus the fresh calls for his resignation.
This comes after the group had earlier relaxed their demands following a meeting with the President, Akufo-Addo.
Akufo-Addo had appealed that the sector Minister be allowed to stay till after the budget presentation and appropriation of same, to which the MPs had acquiesced.
However, with the Finance Minister now facing a vote of censure from the Minority side of Parliament, the NPP MPs are convinced it is time for him to leave.
Speaking to JoyNews’ PM Express, Appiah-Kubi said, “We’ve gone back to sack him now and therefore should the budget be presented under the stamp of the Finance Minister, we’ll not participate because as far as we’re concerned we’re never going to do business with him.
“And if we’re not going to do business with him, he does not participate in any process from the Presidency to the house we will not participate in deliberations on it.”
He noted that the only way the President will get them to participate in the budget presentation and appropriation is if someone else from government is appointed to present the budget.
“We’re not saying we won’t do President’s business. We’re saying we won’t do President’s business through Ofori-Atta. So if anybody else comes with President’s business to do we’ll participate,” he said.
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