In v iew o f the
developments, we may have to consult the Hon Majority Leader to see whether the vote can be deferred or we go ahead and take it.
Kyei -Mensah-Bonsu: Madam
Speaker, the point is being made that people are expressing shock that we are going to oppose this Resolution. Madam Speaker, we are not going to oppose the Resolution and indeed, if you abstain in a voting you have taken part in voting. That is what must be understood and Madam Speaker, I am surprised that the Majority Leader is entering a plea for us. He says that we are seeking a reason for
abstinence. Madam Speaker, I have not said we are pleading for abstinence.
Indeed, we are pleading for abstention and not abstinence -- [laughter] --
Madam Speaker, let me also say that the Majority Leader cannot pretend to be the Minority Leader. Just like when he speaks, he speaks for the Majority, when I speak, I speak for the Minority [Hear! Hear!] and that point must be made.
Madam Speaker, when we took the vote it was a voice vote and I will be surprised. Indeed, I heard a no vote. I must register that, but I was looking whoever might have said so and because I was facing this direction, I was swivelling my chair, looking all over to see who might have done that.
Madam Speaker, the Hansard does not record that the ‘No' vote came from outside. It should be put on record and the Majority Leader cannot make any attribution -- Madam Speaker, he better understand that.
Madam Speaker, we took a vote and I signalled to him that day, that we should even go on and have the Resolution because indeed, we had made our position clear. And when he said that it should come the following week even yesterday, I was pleading with the Majority Chief Whip Hon E.T. Mensah, that we should have the Resolution because as far as we are concerned our position is clear.
We are not going to oppose it. We are only saying that given the circumstances of the involvement now, of Nana Boakye Asafu- Adjaye as the head of GNPC, we cannot go on that line. However, as for the Agreement, we are for it. That is what we have said and we want to reiterate it.
I am saying that, we are abstaining,