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Bagbin Will Not Help Us, Let's Use 2nd Independent MP-1st Deputy Speaker Advises NPP

26th January 2022

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu has advised the ruling party to consider using other means of getting its policies through instead of relying on the Speaker of parliament. The MP for Bekwai was speaking at a capacity- building workshop for members of the majority in Parliament and Ministers of State at the Rock City Hotel in Kwahu Nkwatia when he made this plea.

According to him, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin has proven to be a bad friend and will not support the agenda of the NPP government. He said since his swearing in the former MP for Nadowli- Kaleo has made it clear that he is an opponent and not a referee as he is supposed to be.

The lawmaker added that it will make a lot of wisdom for the NPP to work closely with the independent candidate who is also the second deputy speaker to help them with their policies instead.

"How to deal with the challenge of taking advantage of the one majority we have, knowing that we may never be able to rely on the Speaker in these circumstances. We must work with the view that there are 137 of us plus one, who may be presiding. In that circumstance, how do we go about reaping that one advantage we have as a caucus?"

The deputy speaker acknowledged that anytime the house will have to take a major decision they will either need Mr. Speaker in the chair or all of them must vote.

Mr. Bagbin has been accused by the majority for sabotaging the government. They accused him when the house could not decide on the E Levy. This is because the speaker was not in his seat. This reduced the number of MPs on the majority side as one of them had to preside over business of the house. An attempt by the first deputy speaker to vote resulted to violence as the minority physically prevented him.

But the speaker has denied the allegations of sabotaging the government. He insists it was the duty of the majority group to engage the minority in Government policies instead of expecting the speaker to push them through. He said he is not a MP and will never take sides. He said the era where the Government enjoyed majority in parliament is over and now the house has no option but to engage and compromise

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