The President, John Dramani Mahama has taken a swipe at the minority side in Parliament for heckling the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr. Seth Terkper with “dead goat” inscriptions during the presentation of the 2016 budget and Financial Policy last Thursday.
Legislators of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) all wielding “dead goat budget” inscriptions on the floor of parliament after the minister presented the 2016 budget, described it as insensitive to the plight of Ghanaians.
But the President has observed that their display of the ‘dead goat’ placards clearly indicates that, they were not listening to the Finance Minister but rather waiting to show cards to the Ghanaian public in spite of Ghanaians expressing a lot of dissatisfaction with the extreme partisanship in the country’s parliament.
“Immediately the Finance Minister finished his presentation, they got up and were showing to the cameras “dead goat” cards. It clearly shows that their minds were made up before the presentation”, he said.
“The budget will establish the economy in spite of criticisms by our skeptics”, observed.
Addressing party supporters in Tamale as part of his #changinglives, #Transformingghana tour, he expressed gratitude to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for giving him yet another opportunity lead the party as its torch bearer.
The Northern region brings to eight, the number of regions the president has toured after successfully going through filing and presentation of his presidential nomination forms
President Mahama also lauded the party’s adoption of an expanded electoral college which gives majority of party members voting rights during primaries. “The old system of electing parliamentary candidates affected the party in the 2012 elections resulting in the party losing 22 seats in the country with 11 coming from the northern region alone”, he observed.
“Candidates must prepared to accept the results of the election come November 21, we don’t want failed aspirants to become independent candidates”, he warned.