President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission (EC) have given their responses to an election petition filed by the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), former President John Dramani Mahama, challenging the declaration of President Akufo-Addo as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
Mr George Bright Anni Bansah, the Hohoe Constituency Chair, National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described the election of Mr Alban Bagbin as Speaker of Parliament as a "victory to democracy" in Ghana.
Mr Bagbin was elected to the third-highest office in the country to steer the affairs in Ghana's Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
Mr Anni Bansah in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) disclosed that the competency of Mr Bagbin was what compelled some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) caucus to vote for him during the secret ballot.
“if we wanted to hold the President to ransom, the Speaker would not have been allowed to appear for the President’s swearing-in ceremony," says Ningo-Prampram Member of Parliament, Sam George.
Hon Alban Sumana Bagbin was sworn-in as Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana on Thursday, January 7, 2021, after some chaotic scenes and the thinking of some is that he will be used by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to make things difficult for the President Akufo-Addo in his second term.
Private legal practitioner, Maurice Ampaw has described the opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) boycott of the inauguration ceremony of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as shameful.
He was of the view that the NDC could have exhibited more maturity by showing up for the inaugural ceremony especially with the international communities present.
Speaking about the development with GhanaWeb, the lawyer said, “It’s very sad, it’s a shame for the largest opposition party to not take part in such a historic occasion where we know that the president is entertaining visitors, the whole international communities were present. They should have shown maturity because, at the end of the day, the matter is still in court…”
Eugene Boakye Antwi, the Member of Parliament for Subin has dismissed claims that he did not vote for Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, hence the NPP’s loss of the Speaker position.
Boakye Antwi, in an Okay FM interview monitored by GhanaWeb, said that his name is being bandied about as the ‘mole’ who connived with the NDC to cause the defeat of Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye.
He challenged anyone with such claims to come forth with evidence or face the ‘Antoa’ deity.
The Subin MP cautioned the persons behind the ‘false information’ to put and end it to else he will shelve his Catholic faith for Antoa and invoke curses on them.
“When I ticked my ballot paper, all the MPs at the right side saw it. I ticked my ballot before entering the booth. I don’t do politics with hate. The party said we should vote Mike Oquaye, I voted for Mike Oquaye. I’m an Ashanti so I will invoke Antoa”.
Those of you spreading this information should be careful. Someone will curse you one day. I’m not a kid for anyone to order me around. The party agreed that we were going to vote for Mike Oquaye and that was it. Anyone who saw it knows I voted for Mike Oquaye”, he said.
Boakye Antwi also criticized the leadership of the NPP MPs for falling for the tactics of the NDC.
He said that instead of being vigilant, the leadership allowed the NDC to dictate the pace of the game.
“All [that] members of the NPP know is lying to the President about people. All they are good at in the party is backbiting. While the elections were ongoing, you could see pure teamwork between the NDC leadership in Parliament and their party leadership.”
Parliament has officially reacted to a photo making the rounds on social media showing speaker Bagbin with a wall mounted portrait of former president John Dramani Mahama in the background.
In a statement posted on parliament's verified Facebook page, the house disowned the said photo stating: “Please note, that this photo is not from us and the page on which it was posted does not belong to the Parliament of Ghana.
“Parliament has only one Facebook page which is verified and that’s where we post all authentic news and information from Parliament,” it added.
Amid the chaotic and reprehensible scenes from Ghana’s Parliament was a very light and funny photo of the MP-elect for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful comfortably sitting on the laps on Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, the MP-elect for Juaboso.
Draped in a kente outfit, Ursula was relaxing on the laps of Akando with her arms folded comfortably.
In a Joy News interview, Akandoh explained how the viral photo came about.
Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, the MP on whose lap Ursula Owusu-Ekuful sat in the chamber of parliament on the night of the election of the Speaker of Parliament has taken a swipe at her for misconducting herself as a married woman.
The photos and videos of Ursula Owusu-Ekuful finding comfort on the laps of Akandoh is one unique story that emanated from the eight-hour-long inauguration of the 8th parliament
Boakye Agyarko, a former Energy Minister has opened up to the media on the matter three-years after he was fired by President Nana Akufo-Addo. Agyarko was leading a review of a new power agreement between the Government of Ghana and the Africa Middle East Resource Investment (AMERI).
According to him, the President who has the power of appointing and disappointing does not owe him any explanation for firing him.
“He is the President, he is the ultimate appointing authority, he does not need to give anybody a reason why you are fired,” Boakye Agyarko said on Joy News on 7 January in a report monitored by GhanaWeb.
Agyarko added that despite his dismissal in Akufo-Addo’s first term of office, he still remains loyal and committed to the incumbent NPP.
“Things have their own time, things come in their own time and I am not the type to press matters and I will allow time to make its own arrangements for those conversations,” he said.
When asked whether or not he looked forward to another ministerial appointment in the second term of Akufo-Addo’s government, Boakye Ayarko said “I have not spoken to the President on any such matters, I have not discussed any of such matters with him. It is not within my province to determine and it is not within my province to even speculate.”
The Member of Parliament for Tema West constituency, Carlos Ahenkorah has apologized for snatching ballot papers during the election of a new Speaker.
Carlos Ahenkorah became the meme on social media when he surprisingly snatched ballot papers from the hands of a Parliamentary official.
In a statement shared on social media, the MP said his actions were for the "grassroots who relied on us in power to survive, the president who needs some peace to run the country and the greater NPP party as a whole because we cannot always allow the NDC to threaten and vilify us"
"I apologize though to my family and friends both far and near who may be affected by my actions. The NPP in me couldn't be controlled. I apologize but I tried!!! he added.
My party the NPP of course enjoys a slim majority in parliament courtesy the independent candidate from Fomena. By this arithmetic, the NPP was supposed to occupy the right side of the speaker in the chamber. When we got to parliament, the opposition had occupied our seats. We tried to convince and work things out with them but they declined whilst almost assaulting the Marshal's of parliament. We conceded because of the inauguration ahead of us and sat in their space. Then the clerk of parliament announced that the injuncted assin north mp couldn't vote by virtue of a court order served on him.
After a long heated debate, the ndc still wouldn't yield. Leadership went into conclave and returned with one of the most unfavourable agreements ever. That a clause in the constitution forbids anyone who isn't qualified to vote in parliament to vote. If the injuncted mp elect decides to vote he suffers the consequences afterwards himself. How ridiculous! What if his vote changes the outcome of the elections before he goes to court?
Then we got to voting and the minority claimed they won't allow any whipping, in order words no one can show their vote to their whips after voting. Really?