8th January 2022
The founder of Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has eulogized the speaker of parliament Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin. According to Mr. Mensah Thompson, Mr. Bagbin is the best thing ever to have happened to the parliametary democracy of Ghana.
This was contained in a document the civil society organisation published on its social media platforms intercepted by CitizenOne on Friday.
" Exactly a year ago today, the Rt Hon, Alban S. K Bagbin was duly elected as Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
A year on, we can only eulogise Mr. Speaker as the best thing that has happened to our Parliamentary democracy so far.
As CSOs, we continue to pledge our ultimate support to the Speaker and Parliament to achieve the much touted Parliamentary independence that we have dreamed of, spoken about and written about on countless occasions.
It is our fervent prayer that the good people of Ghana, the clergy, Traditional Authorities, Imans, Activists and our development partners continue to render their unflinching support to the Speaker in his endeavors. The Speaker' s success is very much dependent on everyone of us and how deep we stand with him through the storm.
A year on, we only say congratulations once again sir, the nation is proud of you! ! ! ! " , the statement reads.
Mr. Alban Bagbin, former member of parliament for Nadowli- Kaleo constitituency was elected Speaker for the 8th Parliament on 7th January 2021. His election was marred with chaos as the NPP MPs tried to cheat their way through to have Rt. Hon. Mike Oquaye re- elected as speaker of parliament for the second time.
Since his assumption into office, Alban Bagbin has had his good times as well as his bad times with both sides of the house.
During the ministerial vetting and approval, the NDC supporters accused the Speaker of being in bed with the ruling government.
In a sharp contrast, the NPP MPs in parliament accused the Speaker of bias when he supervised the house to reject the 2022 budget. The majority caucus had staged a walk out after the speaker had ordered the finance minister to leave the plenary. The house comprising only NDC MPs voted to reject the budget.
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