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.
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.
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.”
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…”
“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.
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.