The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency and the Ranking Member on Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has swiftly reacted to the President of Ghana H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo statement that, “I know some political actors will want you to believe that our current numbers represent a failure on the part of Government. Do not begrudge them. They need to make such comments for their political survival.” during his address on Sunday, 10th May, 2020.
“I respectfully and vehemently disagree with President Akufo-Addo. This is not about political survival, it is all about human survival.” He stated.
Mr. Ablakwa made references to heads of state of other countries by saying; “From Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Keir Rodney Starmer, Bobi Wine to many other political opponents in any vibrant democracy; offering constructive critique and suggesting policy alternatives, particularly at a trying time like this, are considered a positive, worthy and progressive feature of democratic development.”
He added that the fight against the wide spread of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic needs everyone’s contributions to help win the fight, hence no serious opposition political party will remain silence on issues revolving around the measures put in place to fight the Coronavirus. “The war against COVID-19 requires our collective contributions and no credible and responsible political opposition is expected to keep mute or sit on the fence for that matter.” He further explained.
Mr. Ablakwa stated categorically that, the contributions of the Ghanaian political opposition led by Former President John Dramani Mahama in terms of making expertise available to the nation and providing material support including Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), free distribution of face masks, food relief and other kinds of support for the vulnerable should not be dismissed and undermined by President Akufo-Addo and his government officials.
“Let us all learn to be tolerant of each other and we count on President Akufo-Addo to set a better example. Together we shall defeat the marauding virus and humanity shall survive in a much stronger come back.” He added.