This was not supposed to happen, it definitely was not planned to happen, yet the unthinkable unfolded before our very eyes last Friday as Parliament “unanimously” rejected the budget statement as presented by the Minister for Finance.
For the first time under Ghana’s 4th Republican dispensation, Government’s image was badly shattered, and government business slipped into a self-imposed vegetative state as the leadership of the majority caucus were reduced to mere press-conference organizers.
But the NPP has nobody to blame but their complacent selves even as the legality or otherwise of what transpired in Parliament is expected to be subjected to scrutiny in the coming days.
How exactly did we get here as a country?
It appears the NPP has still not gotten over the fact that their unprecedented electoral victory of 2016 is far spent and are yet to face the reality of their slim 2020 victory.
For a Party that held unto about 169 seats after the 2016 victory to suddenly be saddled with the reality of clutching unto 137+1 is sad to say the least.
Yet, instead of extending an olive branch to their colleagues on the other side, whose almost equal numbers and whose selected member, presides over deliberations as Speaker, the ruling NPP has chosen to be rather snobbish, stubborn, and uncompromising.
In fact, the minority caucus has alleged that their inputs towards the 2022 budget were flatly rejected by the government, a reason why they decided to get that budget rejected at all cost.
As the humiliation from last friday begins to sink in, elements in the NPP have begun pointing accusing fingers at each other in a manner that suggests the Party has learned absolutely nothing from the attitude that has led to their current predicament.
For persons who support Justin Kodua Frimpong as the next General Secretary of the Party, Incumbent General Secretary, John Boadu is the problem for not being in Parliament on Friday to whip his caucus in line like his counterpart on the other side, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah.
For those whose preferred parliamentary candidates were disqualified in the Party’s last primaries, the Problem definitely has to do with the current leadership.
Interestingly, their opponents, the NDC appear more united now than ever.
It remains to be seen if the NPP can break the 8 especially with this attitude.