Majority Members of Parliament are bent on defending President John Dramani Mahama over the controversial car gift given to him by a Burkinabe contractor which according to accusations, was received as bribe
Since after a Jy News journalist released an exposé, in which President Mahama was indicted in a controversial Ford Expedition gift saga, numerous criticisms and threats of prosecution have been trooping in from various angles, especially from members of opposition parties.
Minority MPs had specifically threatened to impeach the President over the car gift. The New Patriotic Party in particular have requested that a parliamentary probe be done on the issue.
However, Majority MPs are determined to save the President any form of legal action which his accusers are planning to met out at him.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Ashaiman, Mr. Alfred Agbesi argued that such calls are unnecessary and a waste of time since the constitution stipulates how to go about such issues.
Mr Agbesi, who is also the Deputy Majority Leader, shot down the NPP’s request for a parliamentary probe, stressing that they will resist any attempt by the NPP to raise the issue on the floor of Parliament.
It is a waste of time, it is unnecessary and uncalled for and we can’t sit down for such things to be done at our political development. The constitution for which we operate have made an elaborate provisions on how to take such actions against the President.
It is not a matter of them calling for a by-partisan committee to investigate this matter. The provision is there and they know what to do, they shouldn’t be playing to the gallery. We are not going to allow them to be playing to the gallery all the time. I think we have to tell them in the face.
I will say without any reservation at all that if that issue should be raised in Parliament, we on our side shall resist it with all the forces at our disposal.”
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has already received two petitions over the matter: one from the youth league of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), and another from a private individual.
The President on his own part have trashed the accusations, describing them as ‘baseless rumours’ from those who want to narrow down his chances of winning in the upcoming presidential election.