Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central and Ranking Member of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Inussah Fuseini has described government’s sudden withdrawal of the impending December 17th referendum as an exercise in impunity.
President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, called off the holding of the Referendum of 17th December, 2019, citing the lack of a broad, national consensus amongst key stakeholders and the populace.
The President has since instructed the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama, MP, who is spearheading the process, on behalf of government, to abort the process, and see to the withdrawal of the bills for the amendment of the Constitution, both in respect of article 243(1) and article 55(3).
Addressing the nation on Sunday, 1st December, 2019, the President indicated the attainment of a broad consensus, for him, on a matter as important as the amendment of an entrenched provision of the Constitution, is critical.
“I do not believe that such an amendment should be driven as a party matter. There has to be a clear national consensus and agreement amongst the populace that a particular entrenched provision no longer serves the interest of the people, and, thus, has to be removed,” the President said.
Speaking to Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive, Inussah Fuseini, explained that the constitution is an important legal document and that at no point in time should a sitting President or a group of people be allowed to introduce uncertainties into the constitution.
According to Inussah Fuseini, the act by the President is an impeachable offence which must be treated with all seriousness.
“ A serious issue like a referendum is irreversible and its enshrined in the constitution ‘, he fumed.
On the same issue, Vice Chairman for local govt’ and rural development committee in Parliament, and MP for Ahafo Ano South, Sulemana Adamu, explained government’s decision to call off the referendum over lack of a broad, national consensus amongst key stakeholders and the populace is the best way to go.