There was confusion when the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, declared the New Patriotic Party (NPP) caucus and the Independent Fomena Member of Parliament as the “majority group” of the House.
Many construe that declaration to mean the NPP was declared the majority in the House, but a clarification sought by the leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucus in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, turned out otherwise.
The speaker explained neither NPP nor NDC is majority in the House, but that a combination of the NPP caucus and the Independent Fomena MP, who decided he would align with the NPP for purposes of business transaction, makes them the “majority group”.
“I said the NPP and the Fomena MP together make up the majority group. I have not said the NPP has the majority in parliament. Time will tell. Let’s give ourselves a few more months and we will know who forms the majority and minority in this house”, Mr. Bagbin clarified.
NPP, Fomena MP declared ‘Majority’ in Parliament
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) caucus in Parliament has been declared the majority side of the House.
Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, announced Friday during the first sitting of the 8th Parliament, that the decision of the Independent Member of Parliament for Fomena, Andrew Amoako Asiamah, to align with the NPP for the purposes of business transactions in the House.
We have a duty to redeem the image of Parl. – Haruna
Leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucus in the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic and Member of Parliament for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu, has emphasized the need for the house to work to redeem its image.
He is of the view that the House must collectively work together to cleanse that which has been blemished, referring to the image of the House.
Mr. Haruna conveyed the felicitations of the NDC caucus to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, congratulating him for his election as the Speaker for the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic.
The Tamale South MP noted, Mr. Bagbin assumes the seat of the Speaker with “unparalleled experience”, being the longest serving MP in the history of the 4th Republic.
I’m neither a Speaker for NDC nor NPP – Bagbin
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, has said he will discharge his work diligently, without fear or favor.
He said he will be firm in his work and will not do anything out of ill-will.
In his welcome remarks during the first meeting of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic, Mr. Bagbin stated that he is neither a speaker for the NDC or the NPP and the he will do his work in strict compliance with the oath of office he took.
He also stressed the need for the House to be different.
Parliament won’t ‘rubber stamp’ gov’t policies
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, has disclosed he will not be pressured by any one or institution to either ‘rubber stamp’ or ‘obstruct’ the policies of government.
He said the job of Parliament in policymaking is to meticulously scrutinize policies that come before it and amend, approve or disapprove.
He said Parliament should not be partisan in the conduct of its business but should rather put the interest of Ghanaians who are the constituents of the MPs first.
No more ‘business as usual’ – Speaker cautions MPs
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, has cautioned Members of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic to approached business of the house differently from what has persisted in past parliaments where clear majorities and minorities existed.
According to the Speaker, the exigencies of the 8th Parliamentary composition should send a signal that the people of Ghana expect something different from them. He said, Ghanaians now want to see a parliament that will be more thorough, cooperative and collaborative that will serve their interest, rather than a ‘rubber stamp’ parliament. He thus cautioned, “there shall be no ‘business as usual’
Speaker urges MPs to remain ‘honourable’
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin, has urged Members of Parliament (MPs) for the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic to remain as honorable as their constituents expects them to be.
Welcoming them into the house as the house commenced its first sitting since the inauguration of the 8th Parliament , the speaker said all the MPs have become honorable members by virtue of being in the House and must remain as such.
1st sitting of 8th Parliament commences
First sitting for the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic has commenced after a long meeting between the Speaker, Alban Sumana Bagbin, and leadership of the two sides of the House.
Speaker locked up in meeting as 1st sitting is yet to begin
Sitting is yet to commence in the legislature after the house resumed from a week’s break since it’s the inauguration of the 8th parliament.
The speaker, Rt Honorable Alban Bagbin, is currently locked up in a meeting with the leadership of the two sides to firm up work in the house.
Speaker to settle Majority, Minority ‘confusion’ today
The Speaker of Parliament Rt Honorable Alban Bagbin is expected to douse the tension that has arisen between the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament in the House over who occupies the Majority position.
This comes after the NDC caucus dismissed assertions by the colleagues from the governing party that the NPP lawmakers are the majority side following the decision of the Fomena Independent MP to do business with them.
Haruna Iddrisu, leader of the NDC caucus said the letter written to the Speaker of Parliament by Fomena MP Mr Andrew Asiamah Amoako, did not state that he was joining NPP side in the House therefore, the governing party cannot claim to have majority seats.
The Fomena lawmaker who is also the 2nd Deputy Speaker on Wednesday January 13 officially wrote to the Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon. Alban Bagbin informing him about his decision to associate himself with the NPP caucus in Parliament.
Analysts have said this will mean, the NPP is most likely to form the Majority in Parliament pending the results of the series of court actions the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has initiated against some Parliamentary seats which were won by the NPP in the December 7 2020 elections.
At the moment, both the NPP and the NDC have 137 seats each but the the Independent MP’s decision to join the governing party will bring the difference to one.
NPP MPs show up in Parl at 4am to sit at the right-hand side of Speaker
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) caucus in Parliament Friday arrived in the House as early as 4am ostensibly to secure seats on the right-hand side of the Speaker.
Who sits on the right-hand of the speaker has always been a preserve of the majority but the exigencies of the current parliamentary composition poses a controversy both sides have taken upon themselves to outsmart each other.
Pictures from the House this dawn showed the right-hand being occupied by MPs of the NPP, while the left side was still empty. Some of the MPs were also seen in sleepy postures in their seats while waiting for business of the day to commence.
The NDC caucus had successfully pulled off a similar strategy to sit on the right-hand side of the Speaker on the night of January 6, 2021 when the 7th Parliament was going to be dissolved for the 8th to be inaugurated.
They went into the chamber earlier to assume the seats on the right, claiming to be the majority. But the numbers as it stands do not support the claims that either of the sides has a majority; the NPP and the NDC have 137 each with one seat for a Independent MP.