NPP must apologise to Ghanaians – Okudzeto-Ablakwa

Christopher Arko, GNA

Accra, July 28 GNA –
Mr Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu has
called on the government to apologise to Ghanaians for the sudden about-turn on
the two Guantanamo Bay detainees.

He said the New
Patriotic Party (NPP had promised Ghanaians to return the two detainees if they
won power because former President John Mahama had made the nation unsafe by
accepting to host the two persons in the country.

Mr Okudzeto-Ablakwa
made the call when he spoke to the media in Parliament on matters relating to
the two Guantanamo detainees.

Madam Shirley
Ayorkor-Botway, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration was
summoned to the House to answer questions asked by Mr Okudzeto-Ablakwa on the
current position of the government on Ghana’s hosting of the two Guantanamo
detainees in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision.

The Supreme Court
decision on June 22, is that the former Head of State should have sent the
agreement he had with the United States government on the two Guantanamo
detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby to
Parliament for ratification pursuant to Article 75.    

Mr Okudzeto-Ablakwa
also stated that the Supreme Court ruling offered the NPP government a wonderful
opportunity to return the two Guantanamo detainees for it to be consistent with
the position they took when they were in opposition.

He said when Mr Mahama
administration decided to receive the two Guantanamo detainees in agreement
with the United States, he was accused by the NPP of putting the country up for
all kinds attacks.

Mr Okudzeto-Ablakwa
noted that President Akufo-Addo in opposition issued a statement that he was
not consulted on the matter.

He said at the time,
President Akufo-Addo distance himself from this whole arrangement.

He said on January 13,
2016, Nana Akomeah, Director of Communication of the NPP issued a statement
that the presence of the two Guantanamo detainees was causing heighten tension
and hysteria in the country.


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