The Majority NPP in Parliament is urging the Speaker of the House to call on the Minority NDC Members of Parliament to apologise to the newly sworn-in Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.
Raising the issue on the floor of the House on Wednesday, Deputy Majority Whip told the House “We should not set a bad precedent in this house.” He was referring to the placard inscriptions of the Minority which characterized Lydia Alhassan as a “bloody widow,” while boycotting her swearing in.
Matthew Nyindam, told the speaker “I will want to call on you to do the honourable thing by [calling on them to] eat back their words and apologize to the house, apologize to the women in this house and apologize to our hourable member of Parliament, Hon Lydia Seriam Alhassan.”
According to the Majority, yesterday’s protest against the widow of the late Kyeremanteng Agyarko, “is an attack not just on our colleague member of Parliament, but it is an attack on women in general. And it is an attack that speaks on the widows we have in the House,” Nyindam said.
However, the Minority has rejected the call for an apology explaining that their action was neither an affront to the Member of Parliament or the House of Parliament.
The Deputy Minority leader James Klutse Avedzi, argued: “Yesterday I did not hear any member from our side who made a speech whose content is offensive, abusive, insulting, and the rest.
We did not hear anybody make a speech. At the time of the event, the now honourable member [he is referring to] was not a member of parliament. Mr. Speaker, it was only after she was sworn in before she became honourable member of this house. She was an MP-elect. “
The call of the majority comes hours after the dean of the School of Information and Communication Studies of the University of Ghana, Legon, Mrs. Audrey Gadzekpo, made a similar call on the NDC MPs.
“If the Minority will take time to reflect and want women to be part of politics they will apologize. It is important that members of society teach people how to disagree in a civilized manner,” Prof Gadzekpo said on the Joy Super Morning Show Wednesday.”